Update: August 2019
Lock up your cars and keep your valuables safe. It is that time of year and we have had our first report of vandalism – eggs thrown at a car parked outside of a residents' home.
Okanagan Gateway Transportation Study
On July 16th, the Quail Ridge Residents' Association, along with others, attended an information gathering session put on by the City of Kelowna, to provide about the Okanagan Gateway Transportation Study.
This study will define future projects, programs and policies that will improve connections to Kelowna International Airport, the University of British Columbia Okanagan and adjacent areas. It will support the vision of the airport, university and surrounding area as a growing, vibrant and connected hub that benefits the whole region. This study is a partnership between Kelowna International Airport, City of Kelowna, University of British Columbia Okanagan and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The members of the executive in attendance learned that Hollywood Road North's completion is included within the 20 year plan. The executive also brought forward the following issues:
- the need for a second route out of Quail Ridge, even if this route was only available as an emergency route
- the desire for an interchange, or a longer merge lane, at Airport Road and Highway 97 South
- the suggestion for a traffic circle at Innovation Drive and Airport Road
- a request for better bus service in our area
- the need for the roadway / pathway that extends from Country Club Drive through Okanagan Golf Club property to have proper lighting and plowing and sanding during the winter for the university students that walk or bike to UBCO.
Reminder: License Your Dogs
The Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) reminds dog owners that all dogs in the Central Okanagan must be licensed.
RDCO reports that there are around 3,000 dogs in the Central Okanagan who were licensed in 2018, but are not licensed for 2019.
Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “Bylaw enforcement staff will begin contacting owners to determine the status of the dog so that we can update our records. In the past, we’ve found about half the owners no longer have their dog: it may have died or the owner moved out of the region and didn’t let the Regional District know. Others still have their dog(s) and forgot to renew their license, even after a license renewal notice was mailed or emailed. That impacts all taxpayers as license fees contribute to the cost of providing dog control services throughout the Central Okanagan.”
Licenses can be purchased, renewed or accounts maintained online or by using the “My Dog Matters” App (www.mydogmatters.ca/MDMApp) or in person, at
- the Regional District office (1450 KLO Road, Kelowna)
- the Regional Dog Pound (890 Weddell Place, Kelowna)
- each municipal government office and
- the Kelowna branch of the SPCA (3785 Casorso Road)
- North Westside residents may also purchase a license when staff is available at the main fire hall (514 Udell Road) in Killiney Beach.
Upside Cider is now open. Located at 2555 Gale Road, Upside Cider offers organic ciders, both their own and imported, plus beers on tap, cheese boards and charcuterie with a rooftop patio. The fruit stand should be open in a couple of weeks.