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Pumpkin Toss - October 22, 2020

Once Halloween is over, there are a number of options to give your pumpkin a whole new life.

The Regional District Waste Reduction Office encourages you to make that jack o lantern work for you- and toss it into your backyard compost bin for great results come spring.

“Pumpkins are high in nitrogen, an excellent material to add to your backyard compost bin,” says Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart with the RDCO Waste Reduction Office. “If you chop your pumpkin up into small pieces with some fall leaves, it will break down just that much faster. Next spring you’ll have a great nutrient rich soil amendment to add to your flower beds or veggie patch,” says Stewart.

If you don’t compost, you can also put your pumpkin in your yard waste cart for your next pickup. And of course, if your pumpkin is still in good condition and free of debris or damage from the elements, consider using it in baking or soup making. Pumpkins when toasted or baked can be rich in potassium and protein.

If you paint your pumpkin rather than carving it, please note to place those pumpkins in your garbage cart, or alternately, scrape off the outer skin with the paint, and put that in the garbage, the rest can then land in the composter or yard waste cart.

A reminder yard waste pick- up season runs until the end of December.

Check your Living Greener Calendar, the Recycle Coach app, or rdco.com/recycle for cart pickup schedules in your area.

Another Halloween tip: while the candy wrappers your little ones gather can’t go into your recycling cart, they can be returned to your nearest recycling depot as part of the flexible packaging recycling program.

For  other tips on recycling, or more information on composting, yard waste or curbside and depot recycling collection programs, visit rdco.com/recycle or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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Additional Free Radon Test Kits Available - October 19, 2020

Central Okanagan residents have overwhelmingly responded to register for a free radon gas testing kit.  The RDCO Air Quality program has arranged to make additional free kits available.

The British Columbia Lung Association Healthy Indoor Environment Program (HIE) is collaborating with the national Take Action on Radon initiative to provide 1000 extra radon testing kits so that more Central Okanagan residents will learn about the prevalence of radon in their home.  Funding for these additional test detectors has been made possible by the Vancouver Foundation as part of its Community Testing Project.

Residents can go online to rdco.com/radonchallenge to learn more about radon gas and register for their free test kit by Monday, October 26.  This program is offering one free test kit per property and limited quantities are available. 

Kits must be picked up November 2-13 from the residents’ local government office.  Those receiving a kit will be asked to follow the instructions for completing the 91-day minimum test and return their kit to their local government office in late February 2021.  Individual test results will be available and sent to each participant in early Spring 2021.

Radon is a naturally occurring odourless, tasteless, colourless radioactive gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  With some Canadians spending more time at home this year because of the pandemic and cooler fall conditions starting to settle-in, it is more important than ever that they know what their home radon level is and ensure the air they breathe is healthy.

Radon can enter buildings and enclosed spaces undetected. Since Canadian homes are sealed against the weather, radon can become trapped indoors, building up to dangerous levels. Long-term exposure to high levels of radon can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer. Radon levels vary, even between neighbouring houses, meaning the only way for homeowners to determine their home’s radon level is to test for it.

The aim of the 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge is to encourage Canadians to take action on radon and collect important data on radon levels in the Central Okanagan. 

Take Action on Radon is a national initiative that works to bring together radon stakeholders and raise radon awareness across Canada.  The initiative is led by the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST), CAREX Canada, and the Canadian Cancer Society, funded by Health Canada.

Those wishing to learn more about radon and how it affects their health are encouraged to visit takeactiononradon.ca.

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Economic Development Director on National Association Executive - October 9, 2020

The head of the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission will serve on the Executive of the national body for economic developers.

Corie Griffiths was recently elected to the Secretary position for the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC).

In a news release the EDAC says “It is a compliment to Corie as an economic development professional and to the Regional District of Central Okanagan as her employer for her to have been chosen by her peers to represent EDAC members in this capacity.”

RDCO Chair Gail Given adds “Corie has shown outstanding leadership as the Director of Economic Development and Bylaw Services.  Economic Development is one of the identified Strategic Priorities of the Regional Board. Considering the pandemic’s impact on many of our Central Okanagan businesses, her involvement in the EDAC will benefit them, the Regional Economic Recovery Task Force and the Economic Development Commission as we move forward.”

Griffiths has been with the Economic Development Commission since 2007.  She was appointed Manager of the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission in 2015 and Director one year later.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) provides economic development services to citizens and businesses of the region including Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Peachland and electoral areas of Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West. The COEDC’s annual Operational Plan, detailing the commission’s priorities, objectives and projects is publicly available at InvestKelowna.com.

The Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) is Canada’s National organization of Economic Development Professionals, representing every province and territory across Canada with 1,000 members. The Association’s mission is to enhance the professional competence of Economic Development Professionals, ensure placement of qualified people in the field of Economic Development, to advance Economic Development as a distinct recognized self-governing profession and to contribute to Canada’s well-being.

For further information about EDAC services - visit www.edac.ca.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - October 9, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Thursday, October 8. 

And here's where you can listen to:

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Recycle your Cooking Oil - October 7, 2020

Do you deep fry your turkey, or make fish and chips and you’re not sure how to handle all the leftover oil or kitchen grease drippings? Don’t pour it down the drain, recycle it!

The Regional Waste Reduction Office reminds you there’s a place for you to get rid of all that leftover household cooking oil and congealed grease—in West Kelowna at  the Westside Residential Disposal and Recycling Center, and at the Glenmore Landfill in Kelowna. The grease collection program is a partnership with McLeod’s By-Products of Armstrong.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says cooking oils and grease from roasting, frying and baking can collect in and clog your drains-and harm the environment in the process.“ You don’t want to pour this greasy stuff down your drain, it can congeal, block your pipes, and create a real mess. Dumping it in your yard isn’t a good option either, it’s harmful to the environment -- when it rains the oily residue runs off into the storm drain, eventually reaching our waterways without treatment.”

If you have larger volumes of cooking oil, you can pour it into the receptacles provided at the Westside Recycling Center or Glenmore Landfill. If you have congealed grease, it’s recommended you put it in a metal can or container and drop the whole metal container into the recycling receptacle provided. As a reminder, please do not place anything other than cooking oil and kitchen grease into the recycling containers provided, no petroleum oil such as motor oil, no food items, plastic containers, or garbage. Keep in mind the drop off is for residential use only, not businesses, and limits do apply (no more than two 20 litre buckets at a time).

Dave Ward, Plant Manager with McLeod’s By-Products says your repurposed kitchen leftovers will end up as a food source all over again. “Once the cooking oils and grease are collected, we mechanically remove the solids and moisture, heat the oils at a very high temperature, then stabilize them with an antioxidant.  We then sell the finished product to feed mills where they formulate it into various feeds for chicken, turkey and hogs.” 

If you must toss your kitchen oils and grease, here are a few simple tips to follow before placing them in the garbage:

  • make sure to put them in a heat resistant container with a sealable lid, then throw in the trash
  • or mix with unscented kitty litter, sawdust or sand to solidify the oil first and then dispose
  • or store the oil for later use, oil can be kept for up to six months and reused-first strain then store in the freezer

Please note: for larger volumes of grease from commercial producers, please contact McLeod’s By-Products directly to make arrangements for recycling.

For more info on recycling your household fats, oils and grease, visit rdco.com/recycle, email recycle@rdco.com or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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Open Burning Permits Required - September 29, 2020

Starting October, 1, open burning permits will be available for eligible Central Okanagan property owners from their local fire service.*

Permits will be issued to those who qualify and meet the requirements of local fire protection bylaws.  If necessary, each fire jurisdiction enforces its own bylaw regulations.

Those eligible to burn within the four Central Okanagan East or Central Okanagan West electoral area fire protection areas (Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside, Wilson’s Landing) may call the Regional District at 250-469-6223 to obtain a permit.  (Long Distance Collect Calls are accepted weekdays only between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, excluding holidays).  Residents with questions about the burn permit process in the Central Okanagan should contact their local fire service.

Those issued an open burning permit are reminded they are also required to separately ensure compliance with the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Strategy Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. Detailed information is available on the Ministry website to assist any property owner.  Questions about the regulation should be directed to the Ministry.

Anyone eligible to conduct open burning should consider alternatives such as chipping, grinding or if applicable, yard waste disposal at the Glenmore landfill or the RDCO Westside Residential Waste and Recycling Centre off Asquith Road in West Kelowna.  The RDCO Air Quality program has more information available on other disposal options.

Before lighting any fire, property owners with a valid permit from their local fire service and meeting all of the Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation must call the toll-free Outdoor Burning Hotline:  1-855-262-2876 (BURN) to determine if open burning is allowed on a particular day.  In order for burning to take place, both the Venting and Air Quality conditions must be good. 

Under the Regional District Smoke Control Bylaw, nuisance smoke from open burning is not allowed in the City of Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, City of West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas or under the bylaws of the District of Peachland.  Yard waste such as leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, weeds and other garden waste are not allowed to be burned.

Violators of local bylaws could receive a fine or be charged with the cost of putting out the fire by their fire service.  Residents may report anyone violating local bylaws by burning on a non-burning day by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Center at 250-469-8577.  Potential violations of the Provincial regulations should be reported to the BC RAPP line (1-877-952-7277).

Under Regional District and local fire bylaws permitted open burning must be complete on April 30 although the date may be adjusted depending on the local fire hazard. 

Central Okanagan residents should check with their local fire jurisdiction regarding regulations and restrictions on campfires, chimineas and other outdoor wood burning devices.  Campfires, chimineas and other outdoor wood burning devices are not allowed in the City of Kelowna.

* Fire Department Jurisdictions for Permits

(phone only unless otherwise noted)

  • Central Okanagan East or Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas 
    (Residents of Ellison, Joe Rich, Wilson’s Landing, North Westside fire departments):
    • Call the Regional District 250-469-6223 weekdays only 8:00 am – 4:00 pm excluding holidays
      • Note:  North Westside residents may call ‘Collect’
  • City of Kelowna residents - Kelowna Fire Department - Walk-in only
    • 2255 Enterprise Way (Main hall Station 1)
  • District of Lake Country residents - Lake Country Fire Department  250-766-2327
  • District of Peachland residents - Peachland Fire Rescue Service 250-767-2841
    • Weekdays only 8:00 am – 4:00 pm excluding holidays
  • City of West Kelowna residents – West Kelowna Fire/Rescue 778-797-3200

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Stage 1 Outdoor Irrigation for RDCO Water Systems - September 22, 2020

As we move today into the fall season, a reminder that as needed, customers of the six water systems operated by the Regional District of Central Okanagan are once again on an odd/even outdoor irrigation schedule.

Between September 16 and June 15 – Stage 1 Restrictions are in place allowing watering outdoors on alternating days.    Customers with even-numbered addresses may irrigate on even numbered calendar days while those with odd-numbered addresses may water outdoors on odd number days.  If you don’t need to water outdoors on your allotted day or time period, please do not waste water.

Under the Regional District Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No. 1370, customers with an automated irrigation system may only water outside on their designated day between midnight and 6:00 am, while those with manual outdoor irrigation must restrict their watering to between 6:00 am and 11:00 am and 6:00 pm and midnight on their respective irrigation day.  By following the outdoor watering restrictions that are in effect all year, residents help ensure reservoirs are replenished and there’s an adequate water supply.

Every year from June 16 to September 15, Stage 2 water restrictions are in effect for customers of the Star Place/Dietrich, Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Westshore Estates water systems unless other restrictions are in place.  Stage 2 means outdoor watering is restricted on those six systems to two days each week. RDCO water customers with even number addresses may irrigate outdoors on Saturday and Tuesday while those with odd addresses may only water outside on Sunday and Wednesday.

For more tips on water conservation inside and outside your home, visit the Regional District Water System webpage at rdco.com/water.  Customers may also sign up there to receive email notifications of any water advisories or special maintenance works affecting their water system.

The Regional District maintains and operates six community water systems serving just over 1,000 properties in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas.

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Take Responsibility for your Trash - Keep Bears Out - September 17, 2020

The Regional Waste Reduction Office is reminding residents-please do your part to keep your neighborhood safe by managing all things that attract wildlife around your home, including your household garbage.

Conservation Officers confirm bears are regularly spotted in several neighborhoods from South East Kelowna to West Kelowna and Peachland. Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says that means we need to be extra vigilant. “This is the time of year bears amp up their foraging to build fat stores for winter denning. The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife is - reduce your risk of conflict- take responsibility for your trash.”

Stewart reminds residents to securely store their trash and only put garbage out the day of pickup, not the night before. “Bears in particular, but other animals as well, have a keen sense of smell. The idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily. If they have access to your waste, not only can they make a real mess, but they can become food conditioned. Then they pose a risk to you and your family, your neighbors, and themselves. And that’s totally preventable.”

Stewart adds the Regional Waste Reduction Office in conjunction with their waste contractor E360s is now into phase two of a pilot project testing fully automated bear resistant garbage carts in select neighborhoods this fall. “Dependent on the results of the pilot and how those carts stand up to bear activity, and winter conditions, there may be bear resistant cart options for residents by next year.”

WildSafeBC has tips you can follow to help keep wildlife wild and the community safe:

  • Secure your garbage – store it in a secure location indoors or a bear-resistant enclosure. Also secure Yard Waste cart if it contains fruit.
  • Only put garbage out for collection on the morning of pickup, not the night before
  • Encourage neighbors to do the same, offer to help if needed
  • Consider freezing your kitchen waste until the morning of collection day
  • Manage your fruit trees, pick ripe & fallen fruit immediately
  • Maintain your compost so it doesn’t smell. Add fruit slowly. No meat/dairy.
  • Use birdbaths and houses to attract birds, instead of bird feeders

Please report human-bear conflicts to the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1.877.952.7277

For more information on deterring bears from your garbage, visit the WildSafeBC website: https://wildsafebc.com/species/black-bear/.  For additional inquiries, visit rdco.com/recycle, email recycle@rdco.com or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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Recycling Ambassadors hit the streets for recycling education - September 16, 2020

Are you putting the right things in your recycling cart? The Regional District will be back on the streets again this fall with the help of their Recycling Ambassadors, randomly checking what’s under the blue lid and inside curbside recycling carts. This is part of the ongoing cart education and inspection campaign by the Regional District to combat recycling contamination.

Engineering Manager Travis Kendel says they have brought back the Recycling Ambassador Student Program after a delay due to COVID-19. “Our Ambassadors will be reaching out to residents through curbside cart checks and education this fall.”

“We understand that sorting waste and recycling can sometimes be confusing. Most residents are doing a pretty good job including only what’s acceptable to put in the carts. But recycling audits show there are still a significant number of unacceptable items going into our recycling stream, especially plastic bags and other plastic films, and that’s a big problem.”

“Things like plastic bags, garbage, books, food waste, garden hoses, electronics, scrap metals, clothing, even yard waste—items that have never been accepted in our curbside recycling program are still showing up and contaminating the recycling stream,” says Kendel.

“If we don’t significantly reduce and eliminate these unacceptable products from our recycling loads, we face financial penalties from Recycle BC. We need to do a better job and that requires continuous education and monitoring.”

Kendel says the Recycling Ambassadors will have a quick look at the contents in recycling carts, and if they find items that don’t belong they’ll leave information explaining what went wrong.  In some cases, if there is significant contamination, carts won’t be picked up until the offending material is removed.

Here are some of the items Ambassadors will be looking for:

  • Garbage
    • Garden hoses, landscape edging and tarps
    • Paper towels and tissues
    • Non-packaging plastics such as toys, Tupperware type containers, laundry baskets
  • Items recyclable at depots and other locations (but not in the cart)
    • Plastic bags including bagged recyclables
    • Styrofoam
    • Glass
    • Soft plastics such as cling wrap, bubble wrap, chip and snack bags, zipper bags
    • Electronics and small appliances
    • Textiles such as clothes, fabric and pillows
    • Soft cover novels and hard cover books and textbooks
  • Hazardous waste
    • Hazards such as syringes, propane tanks, oil jugs

In 2019 the Regional District inspected over 12,500 recycling carts and sent approximately 2,500 letters to residents when the wrong materials are found in the recycling, garbage and yard waste carts – to help encourage future compliance.

To find out more about what to recycle in your curbside cart or at a depot, visit rdco.com/recycle, download the free Recycle Coach App, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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Cougar Sightings in Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park - September 16, 2020

Warning signs have been posted advising visitors to Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park about recent cougar activity in the area.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan says there have been some sightings reported and this information has been passed on to the Conservation Officer Service.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has information on Cougars on its website.  It advises that while human conflicts with these large cats are extremely rare and an attack is highly unlikely, it pays to be prepared especially when in a natural setting as cougars are unpredictable.  It recommends that people should travel in groups of two or more and that you make enough noise so that you don’t surprise a cougar.  Carry a sturdy walking stick that can be used as a weapon if necessary and keep children and pets close at hand and under control.  If you encounter a cougar, stay calm, talk to it in a confident voice, pick up all children off the ground and never turn your back on the animal.  Instead, back away slowly, remaining upright and do all you can to make yourself look larger, and always give a cougar an avenue of escape.

Regional Park visitors are reminded that if allowed, dogs must be leashed at all times and must remain on designated trails. 

If you observe a cougar or bear within any Regional Park please contact the Parks Services office at 250-469-6232 and the Conservation Officer Service RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meetings - September 11, 2020

The Governance and Services Committee and Regional Board met Thursday, September 10.  Here are links to information for those meetings:

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Nut Sale Changes at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park - September 10

There are some changes this year for nut sales at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park.

The proceeds from this annual fall nut harvest and sale is used by the non-profit Gellatly Nut Farm Society to assist with upkeep and improvements in the popular four-hectare waterfront regional park and working nut orchard off Whitworth Road in West Kelowna.

This year in order to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Society volunteers will not be operating the nut house store.  Instead through November, members of the public that wish to purchase nut varieties are asked to self-harvest:

  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after nut harvesting.
  • Practice physical distancing by keeping at least two metres between yourself and others in the orchard and park.
  • Bring your own bags.
  • Pick from the ground only.  Please do not climb trees. Nuts fall to the ground when they are ripe and ready for harvest.
  • Payment is by cash only must be deposited into the payment box at the house near the Whitworth Road park entrance.  The Society is unable to accept any other form of payment.
    • Small bucket: $5.00
    • Large bucket: $10.00

Nuts that are not paid for upon leaving the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park, may result in a $500 fine under the Regional Parks bylaw 1427.

Anyone that would like to purchase a special wood bowl or cutting board made from orchard wood is asked to contact the Society at 250-470-0999 or 250-768-5960.

For more information about the park, nut harvest and Nut Use and Care visit rdco.com/gellatlynutfarm.

All 30 regional parks and 20 RDCO community parks remain open for residents to safely enjoy. Find all the locations at rdco.com/pickapark.  There are more than 2,100 hectares of parkland available to discover in RDCO parks including 63 kilometres of formal regional park trails for visitors to use while practicing physical distancing. 

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Bear Watch in Regional Parks - September 3, 2020

Spawning Kokanee salmon.  Ripening fruit in orchards and vineyards.  These are a few seasonal attractants that bring bears down into the valley.

That’s also why you can expect more bears frequenting Central Okanagan Regional Parks, especially those connected to the higher elevations.

RDCO Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “This is the time of year that bears make their presence known and our field staff and visitors start seeing more signs that bears are around.  As sightings and evidence of their presence increase, we post signs in several of our parks advising that bears may be active in the area.”  View Safety Guide to Wildlife in Regional Parks

“If possible” he says “travel in a group and make some noise so any bears are aware of your presence.  As the fall Kokanee salmon spawning season ramps up visitors may encounter bears bulking up on this food source in local creeks and streams.  Bears fishing for food may not hear you over the noise of the creek water.   If you see a bear, give it plenty of space and stay well away from it.”

Whenever possible avoid encounters with bears as they can be aggressive, especially when defending their food or their cubs. Bears also have excellent senses of smell and hearing and better sight than you might believe.  Unless otherwise designated, dog owners are reminded their pets must be leashed and kept on trails at all times in order to avoid any potentially serious wildlife encounter.

Residents also have a role to play by securely storing any garbage and only placing their garbage cart out on the morning of their regular curbside collection.  That helps to reduce the potential temptation for bears or other wildlife.

All Regional Parks remain open for visitors using safe distancing practices.  There are 63 kilometers of formal trails in 30 regional parks, many of which are naturally protected forested areas and may contain natural hazards.   Visit rdco.com/pickapark for more information.  If you do visit our regional parks, please practice healthy hygiene and physical distancing by keeping at least two metres between you and other visitors.

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January - June 2020 Program Highlights- August 26, 2020

This video shows the highlights of various Regional District of Central Okanagan service and program accomplishments from January through June 2020 in the four key areas of the Regional Board Strategic Priorities: Economic Development, Environment, Transportation and Mobility and Sustainable Communities.

 

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - August 26, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday, August 24.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting (Note regarding Audio recording)

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Canada - BC Grant helps build out access to Regional Park - August 14, 2020

Black Mountain - sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park will become more accessible, thanks to a large infrastructure grant.

Under the Canada-BC Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, the two senior governments will contribute almost $715,000 towards new features in the 640-hectare regional park.   The Park protects cultural assets as well as a unique Okanagan grassland habitat.

The federal government is contributing $390,000; the BC government $324,967, while the Regional District of Central Okanagan will provide $260,033 for a project that will build community inclusiveness, stewardship and connectivity within the regional park.

RDCO Chair Gail Given says “This is an exciting investment in our community and the largest of our 30 regional parks. The funds will help us realize one of the Regional Board’s Strategic Priorities to provide residents with greater opportunities to connect with nature in the Central Okanagan.”

Westbank First Nation Chief Chris Derickson says “lim ləmt, thank you, to both levels of government for investing in our culturally significant sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park, including, as part of the Regional Park Management Plan, improved access, safety, and information for its visitors. As stewards of the land, protecting areas of environmental and cultural significance is crucial to ensuring that these lands remain intact for future generations to visit, appreciate, and learn from.”

The Regional District and Westbank First Nation co-manage the protected 640-hectare regional park which is a significant cultural, historic and geographic namesake landmark.  It’s home to at least nine endangered or threatened species and ecological communities including grassland, open Ponderosa pine and grassland savanna. The park is vital to the syilx/Okanagan people for its wide variety of animals, plants and medicines along with resources for tool making found in the area. In nsyilxcín (in-SEALK-chin - Okanagan language), sntsk‘il’ntən (sins–te– KEEL–ten) translates to “the place where arrowheads/flint rock is found”.

The funds will be used to build three, new multi-use trails including one leading to the summit of Black Mountain.  In addition, important park amenities will be constructed:

  • washrooms
  • parking areas at Joe Rich Road and Swainson Road
  • information and kiosk signage
  • guard rail fences

The work is anticipated to begin this fall and be completed by summer 2022.

It’s expected an official park opening will take place this fall and while work in the park is still underway, some of the park is open now. The current temporary access to Black Mountain - sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park is through an off-street parking area on Tower Ranch Drive and the City of Kelowna Tower Ranch Mountain park.  The Swainson Road access is currently closed while the Black Mountain Irrigation District installs a new water main.  Residents are asked to stay on the trail so natural areas are not disturbed.

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Document Download Problems? 

Recently the Regional District has become aware of periodic problems regarding the inability of some users of our website to open Adobe PDF documents that had been previously accessible.  They've received an error notice saying that the document they were trying to open is not available. 

We understand that the problem has been caused by a recent Microsoft Internet Explorer Security update.  This update on the user's computer has broken the ability of the Adobe Acrobat Reader program to open and access previously downloadable PDF documents in Internet Explorer. 

Should this problem occur on your computer system, please download and install the latest free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.  You can find this by following this link:  http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html or by clicking on the Adobe Reader icon on the bottom right corner on each page of our website. 

We thank you for your patience and appreciate your continued support of the Regional District of Central Okanagan website. 

For information or queries about our website please contact:  webmaster@cord.bc.ca 

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