Help a Local Athlete - Bottle Drive
Donate your bottles to help a local athlete get to the BC Summer Games!
In July 2020, many of you donated your bottles to help Danae Dehaan to raise money for competition and training. Danae is a local community member, and a provincial champion for Team BC Wakeboard.
Let’s help Danae get to the BC Summer Games! Pick up is set for 11 am Saturday, July 9th. Just call or text 604-768-7616 (or email her Dad, Chris: Chris.Dehaan@csc-scc.gc.ca) to provide your address.
It’s Summer and That Means We All Need To Be FireSmart
Summer is here and as we all know that means there is an increased risk of wildfires.
Protect yourself and your neighbours by:
• not smoking or having a fire on the Quail Flume and Eagle View trails. Monitoring by the City of Kelowna's Parks Department is difficult because these trails have a number of access points
• disposing of any smoking materials in ashtrays and when driving, don’t flick them from your vehicle’s
• mowing your lawn – it is more fire resistant
• trim your shrubs – remove fine, dry, dead material
• remove any windblown leaves and needles from your yard
• prune your tree branches up 2 metres off the ground
• put together a “grab and go” bag with your valuables and important documents
• review the Quail Ridge Evacuation Plan on the FireSmart page. See: https://www.qrra.org/firesmart
• visit cordemergency.ca/beprepared for further preparedness information, checklists and videos.
Doing the above will assist in making both your home and your neighbours’ homes a bit more fire safe….in spite of the weather!
“Meet Me on Bernard” is Back!
Opening July 1st and running to September 6th, Bernard Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic and reopen as a great public space for pedestrians, performers and artists to meet!
Festivals Kelowna will once again provide local entertainment and restaurants and retailers (all downtown businesses) will be able to offer their services in on-street patios and retail spaces.
New this year is the “Meet me on Bernard” Mobile Pass that launches July 1. The Mobile Pass will offer exciting offers and deals from Downtown retailers, restaurants and attractions. See: Pass - MeetMeOnBernard
NOTE: Bernard Avenue will close between Abbott to St. Paul for program set up on June 27th.
Black Bears, Rats, Raccoons and Coyotes
Summer is here and with it comes wildlife on the golf courses and trails.
Please, lock up your garbage cans and remove bird feeders and any attractants to reduce the likelihood of raccoon, rats, bears, coyotes and potentially cougars from relying on our neighbourhood as a food supply.
Again, if you encounter threatening wildlife that is aggressive, breaking into buildings or causing property damage, call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 or WildSafe BC at 250-828-2551 (ext. 110).
IMPORTANT: Notify us of any bear sightings so we can send out an email broadcast to alert the neighbourhood.
Rail Trail Connections
The City of Kelowna announced that the Houghton Road Active Transportation Corridor (ATC) is getting extended with construction starting on Monday, June 6, and continuing into the autumn. The Houghton Active Transportation corridor is an east-west walking and biking route that will extend the existing Houghton Active Transportation Corridor (ATC) westward across Highway 97, connecting Rutland to the Okanagan Rail Trail.
The City received a $2.4-million “Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program” grant that will aid in expanding the ATC down Lester Road to Leathead Road, and across Highway 97 to Enterprise Way to connect to the Okanagan Rail Trail.
Don’t forget - July 9th and 10th - The Snowbirds are coming to Kelowna to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of Kelowna International Airport. On July 9th and 10th, the Snowbirds will perform over Okanagan Lake. The Airport is trying to arrange for a public ground display as well.
Please, lock up, stay safe and keep an eye on our neighbourhood.
Report any suspicious activity to the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300
And have a safe Canada Day!