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Central Okanagan local governments shutting down for Christmas

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December 18, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Local governments in the Central Okanagan will be reducing services over the Christmas holidays. Here's what you need to know.

City Halls in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland will be closed from Dec. 25 through to Jan. 2.

“City Hall tends to be quiet over the holidays with few public requests and with many partner organizations we work with also closed during this time,” City of Kelowna human resources director Stu Leatherdale said in a news release.

“Due to the minimal business activity, reducing hours makes sense and is economical for the city. The time off helps our staff achieve a balanced quality of life by enjoying being with their families. Staff use their vacation days or hours from other earned leave banks for closure days beyond statutory holidays.”

Garbage collectors shift their collection dates as well. Monday pickups will remain the same but the Tuesday through Friday collection days will shift by one day to Wednesday through Saturday for two weeks. The normal collection schedule returns Jan. 7.

Here are some of the things that will and won’t be open over the Christmas holidays.

City of Kelowna

For emergencies, call the Civic Operations call centre at 250-469-8600.

Parkinson Recreation Centre will be closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 and on reduced hours for the following week.

Glenmore Landfill will be closed Dec. 25, Dec. 26 and Jan. 1 and open Dec. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 28 and Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery grounds will be open for visiting from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. but the administration office will be closed or on reduced hours.

West Kelowna

Emergency calls to 778-797-1000.

Mount Boucherie Recreational Complex and Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre will offer some programs over the holidays. For information and schedules, visit www.westkelownacity.ca/recguide.

Lake Country

Road emergencies call 250-766-5664.

Water or sewer emergencies call 250-317-3250.

Regional District of the Central Okanagan

The emergency call number 250-868-5299.

The Westside waste disposal centre will remain open as normal. The Traders Cove and North Westside transfer stations will both be closed Dec. 26.


The Operations Department will be open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on most weekdays and can be reached at 250-767-2108.

Outside those hours, emergency calls can be made to 250-868-1621.

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