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  • Day camps filling up fast
    Public Service Announcement

    The City of Kelowna’s Active Living and Culture division is offering two sport and activity day camps. The City’s program leaders have engaging activities planned that will keep the kids having fun in a safe environment.

    The day camp at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, will run until the kids are back to school. Participants can be dropped off starting at 7:30 a.m. with pick up by 5:15 p.m. and is suitable for ages 6 to 12. The cost is $165 per week or $40 per day.

    Starting next week, there will also be a day camp at the Kinsmen Fieldhouse, 3975 Gordon Dr., for ages 5 to 12. Participants can be dropped off between 8:30 and 9 a.m. with pick up between 5 and 5:30 p.m. The cost is $150 for the week.

    Parents and guardians are encouraged to register ahead of time as camps are filling up fast. Additional program information and registration is available in person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, by phone at 250-469-8800 or online at (search Sport & Activity Camp).

    For more information on all Active Living and Culture programs, visit

  • Get active, stay active with the City of Kelowna and Interior Health
    News Release

    The City of Kelowna and Interior Health are making active living more accessible for everyone. Starting Sept. 2, a liaison therapist (navigator) will be on-site Monday to Friday at the Parkinson Recreation Centre to help citizens find appropriate recreation activities to support better health.

    “This program bridges the gap between acute care services that you find in the medical system and community services,” said Louise Roberts, Community and Neighbourhood Services Manager. “The navigator acts as a resource for residents to help them manage their health through physical activities."

    “Being active is one of the most important things clients involved in rehabilitation can do for their recovery,” said Norman Embree, Interior Health Board Chair. “By exercising in a safe environment, clients are improving their health and overall wellbeing. It also helps manage escalating health care costs.”

    The services provided by the navigator are available to anyone in need of encouragement and direction towards appropriate fitness programs. Doctor’s referrals are not necessary and appointments are on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Kelowna hosts Axel Merckx Youth Cycling Series
    Friday, Aug. 29 to Sunday, Aug. 31

    The City of Kelowna will host the Axel Merckx Youth Development Foundation’s premiere youth cycling event Friday, Aug. 29 to Sunday, Aug. 31.

    This event allows the region’s promising 11- to 18-year-old cyclists to race under a structured learning environment, while competing directly with their peers. World-renowned cycling champion Axel Merckx and his team of coaches will run a collection of learn-to-race cycling events including coaching seminars, athlete development lectures and age-group category races.

    “I would like to help Canada’s youth pursue their dreams in the sport of cycling and this new partnership with Cycling BC and the Canadian Cycling Association will help achieve this goal.” says Merckx.

    No racing experience is necessary for participants, who will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best cycling coaches in the area, win great prizing and meet other kids developing their cycling skills from around BC.

    To maintain a safe race course for the young athletes, road closures and occasional traffic delays will be in effect in the Southeast Kelowna area on Aug. 29 and 31 and in the area surrounding the Kelowna Curling Club on Saturday, Aug. 30.

    Access to homes and businesses in the area will be maintained and volunteer traffic flaggers will be stationed at intersections and other junction points along the routes to direct athletes and traffic. Motorists are asked to reduce their speeds through race areas, obey flaggers and watch for cyclists on the race courses.

    The Axel Merckx Youth Cycling Series is organized entirely by volunteers, and motorists’ cooperation and patience is appreciated throughout the event weekend.

    To find out more information about this event or to register, visit

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  • Central Green moving ahead
    A deal has been finalized

    The City of Kelowna has finalized a deal for more than $6 million with Al Stober Construction Limited to purchase the remaining five parcels at the Central Green site. Development of the site is expected to start as early as 2015.

    “The City and the community worked together from 2008 to 2011 to create a comprehensive plan for Central Green that would guide its development,” said Mayor Walter Gray. “The properties have been for sale since 2012, but we now have the right market conditions and a local developer that came to the table with an offer that will see the community’s vision for the site unfold.”

    Located minutes from downtown and across from Kelowna Central School, the site is bordered by Harvey Avenue, Richter Street and Rowcliffe Avenue. It is made up of nine parcels and was once the home of Kelowna Senior Secondary School. As part of the community planning process, it was established that the site would be a LEED certified neighbourhood using fewer resources, including water and energy.

    It was also decided that 15 per cent of the site would be dedicated to affordable housing. The parcels set aside for housing wrap around a two-hectare parcel dedicated for Rowcliffe Community Park. The park is scheduled for construction in 2017.

    Al Stober Construction purchased the parcels known in the comprehensive development zone (CD22) as Areas A, B, C, D and G. The company will begin the development permitting process in the coming months with the intention of constructing rental housing. This purpose-built rental housing meets an identified need for affordable housing and will help to fulfil a shortage of rental homes in the city.

    “We are very excited at the opportunity to deliver a top quality residential development for this great location adjacent to Kelowna’s downtown,” said Steve Kumpf, General Manager for Al Stober Construction Limited. “Our pedestrian-oriented development plan for Central Green creates a vibrant and livable neighborhood that includes a large community park and is a quick walk to the beach or downtown’s dining, shopping and central business district.”

    The City Kelowna also sold Areas E and F to Davara Holding for $800,000 in 2013 to build a support centre for the Karis Support Society. The project is currently under development and will include 30 units. Area H was provided to BC Housing and will be operated by the Ki-Lo-Na Friendship Society as an affordable housing development with 86 units. Area I will be developed as Rowcliffe Community Park.

    For more information on Central Green, visit

  • Kelowna, choose your time and place to vote
    Cast your ballot in November's election

    By taking a few minutes to look ahead at voting options, Kelowna residents can pick the most convenient time and place to cast their ballot in November’s General Local Election.

    The City is providing eight voting opportunities during four advanced voting dates, Nov. 5, 12, 13 and 14, and 13 different voting locations on general voting day, November 15.

    “We’ve increased the number of voting locations for 2014, while building on the goal to offer voting opportunities where people live, work and play,” says Chief Election Officer Karen Needham.

    Advance voting will once again be offered at UBC-Okanagan, Okanagan College, Parkinson Recreation Centre and City Hall, while on general voting day, 13 locations throughout the City will include Orchard Park mall. A new location for 2014 is the Capital News Centre, a hub for transit, families and community events.

    Any qualified elector can vote during an Advanced voting opportunity which will be held between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the following days and locations:

    • Wednesday, Nov. 5
      • Parkinson Recreation Centre
    • Wednesday, Nov. 12
      • Parkinson Recreation Centre
      • City Hall
      • UBC Okanagan, University Centre
    • Thursday, Nov. 13
      • City Hall
      • Okanagan College, Centre for Learning Atrium
    • Friday, Nov. 14
      • City Hall
      • Parkinson Recreation Centre

    On Election Day, Nov. 15, residents will have the following 13 voting locations to choose from:

    • Capital News Centre
    • Central School
    • City Hall
    • Dr. Knox Secondary
    • East Kelowna Hall
    • Evangel Church
    • Hollywood Road Education Centre
    • Okanagan Mission Hall
    • Orchard Park mall, Sky Court (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
    • Parkinson Recreation Centre
    • Rutland Senior Secondary
    • Spring Valley Middle School
    • Watson Road Elementary

    Voting locations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the exception of the Orchard Park mall location, which will be available for voting between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

    A voter assist terminal is available at the City Hall voting location from Nov. 12 to 15. The voter assist terminal allows voters with disabilities and other special needs to mark their ballot privately and independently. All voting locations are also accessible for persons with disabilities, with election officials offering assistance with voting, either within the voting location, or curbside if voters are physically unable to leave their vehicle.

    For eligible voters out of town on voting days or those with disabilities, a reminder that the Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications for mail-in ballots which are available at or at City Hall.

    For a complete list and map of voting locations or to apply for a mail-in ballot, visit Voting information is also easily accessible from the election “app” which can be found at

  • Council Highlights
    Oct. 22, 2014

    Soccer dome update

    Council received an update from the Kelowna United Soccer club about the soccer dome located in Mission Recreation Park. The multi-use indoor/outdoor venue has attracted provincial and national teams for training and coaching. In its first year, it welcomed 22 user groups and brought in a revenue of $140,000, with all profits being reinvested into youth soccer development in Kelowna.

    Council priorities update

    Council received a report from the City Manager about the progress made on the priorities that Council set back in 2012. Highlights include launching mobile service requests, significant progress on Rutland town centre revitalization, opening a revitalized Bernard Avenue and completing the city-wide Parking Management Strategy. Check out the summary on

    Dogs at Dehart Park

    Council directed staff to bring forward updates to the Parks and Public Spaces Bylaw to designate Dehart Park as an on-leash dog park and directed staff to explore different fencing options to protect the park’s community garden.

    Speer Street lease

    Council approved a one-year commercial lease with Interior Health Authority for a City-owned property at 2292 Speer St. for contractor services in support of Kelowna General Hospital construction projects.