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Central Okanagan parks impacted by both flooding and wildfire concerns

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KELOWNA – With the extreme weather so far this year, many Central Okanagan parks have been negatively impacted.

The Collens Hill Road access to Kalamoir Regional Park in West Kelowna has been closed to all vehicles because of wildfire concerns, according to a Central Okanagan Regional District media release. Hikers and cyclists are still allowed on the parks trails.

There are still a number of regional parks partially closed due to the high water, though some are opening up. Antler’s Beach Regional Park south of Peachland is open now, since flood waters have receded.

Other parks aren’t fully open yet.

The Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park requires an infrastructure assessment after the lake level drops further. Glen Canyon Regional Park is closed between Acorn Bridge downstream to the Gellatly Road parking area and from the Constable Neil Bruce entrance upstream to the Covington Crescent entrance at Last Mountain Community Park.

Hardy Falls Regional Park is open but the trail and bridges to falls viewpoint are unlikely to open up this year.

Temporary repairs are coming to the Fintry Community Park Access boat launch once water levels drop.

Mill Creek Regional Park and Killiney Beach Community Park, includingthe boat launch, aren't anticipated to be open at all this year.

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