VIP’s Wanted for Volunteers In Parks

If you like being outdoors, regularly visit Regional Parks and enjoy people, the Regional District of Central Okanagan hopes to hear from you!

This spring the Parks Services department is launching a Volunteers In Parks program and is looking for interested residents to become Trail Patrollers.  It’s holding an Information Meeting at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan on Wednesday, April 2nd starting at 7:00 pm.   The EECO is located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “The program encourages community involvement in our extensive Regional Park system with the goal of helping our staff maintain trails and facilities in order to provide the best experience for all park visitors.  It’s a great opportunity for those people who like to get out and explore our regional parks, learn about the local environment and meet other interesting people.”

Community Relations Liaison Risti Lesperance says, “Our VIP Trail Patrollers will be additional eyes and ears in our Regional Parks.  While their main function will be to record and report any problems for our Regional Parks staff to follow up on, they’ll also act at park ambassadors, providing information to visitors about the natural and cultural features of the park and if needed politely remind visitors about park regulations.”

Lesperance adds, “Following the April 2nd Information meeting, we’ll be accepting applications for VIP Trail Patrollers who must be at least 19 years of age and willing to commit to visit a park at least once a week.   We’ll provide them with training, identification and other materials they need to help our staff keep our park trails in tip top shape. 

You can learn more about the Volunteers In Parks program and the April 2nd Information meeting by visiting www.regionaldistrict.com/parksVIP.


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