August 28, 2013 - 4:13 PM
Thanks to the cooler weather, the upper portion of Knox Mountain Park Drive will reopen to traffic on Thursday, August 29. Since August 1, residents and visitors have only been able at access the top portion of Knox by foot or bike as the result of an extremely high fire hazard.
“As much as we all love the hot summer weather, it is nice that the weather has cooled enough to reduce the fire hazard and allow us to open Knox to traffic,” said Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. “However, we do ask that park visitors still use caution while in the park.”
In addition to monitoring the park for fire hazards, City crews also work to preserve and maintain the most important and well-known natural area park in Kelowna. Work includes the reconstruction of the Apex Trail into the fall in order to preserve the park for future use.
“It is important that park users obey safety signs posted during construction, and follow the direction of workers to ensure safety and to protect the park,” says Stewart. “We are in the process of building a new section of trail and barriers have been installed to prevent users from using unsanctioned routes.”
Residents are reminded that campfires are not allowed in City or Regional District parks, and that smoking is prohibited in all natural areas. Anyone noticing smoke or fire in any park should immediately call *5-5-5-5, the BC Wildfire Management Branch or 9-1-1 to speak to the fire department.
For more information on City parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
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