Regional District announces closure of 11 parks because of extreme fire risk
One of the trails at Mill Creek Regional Park in Kelowna.
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August 08, 2014 - 2:29 PM
CENTRAL OKANAGAN - The Regional District has also looked at the fire hazard rating and are announcing a sweep of closures because of extremely dry conditions.
The following parks are closed immediately until further notice:
Hardy Falls Regional Park
Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park
Coldham Regional Park
Glen Canyon Regional Park
Kalamoir Regional Park
Rose Valley Regional Park
Stephens Coyote Regional Park
Scenic Canyon Regional Park
Mission Creek Greenway (Phase 2)
Mission Creek Regional Park (Sutherland Hills area on the south side of Mission Creek only)
Mill Creek Regional Park
The recent hot dry forecast will continue into next week further raising the risk of wildfire.
"Many of these parks that are closed are in forested areas with challenging terrain and in close proximity to subdivisions and neighbourhoods,” spokesperson for the Regional District of Central Okanagan Bruce Smith said in a press release.
Smith said residents should stay out of closed parks and obey any signs. Anyone found inside closed regional parks could be subject to a fine of $500. He said not all parks are closed and people are welcome to visit any that remain open for use.
“Many of these parks offer visitors opportunities to enjoy a beach and waterfront areas for cooling down and we’d encourage you to check these parks out."
Parks still open include:
Bertram Creek Regional Park
Raymer Bay Regional Park
Traders Cove Regional Park
Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park
Gellatly Heritage Regional Park
Shannon Lake Regional Park
Kaloya Regional Park
Kopje Regional Park
Reiswig Regional Park
Robert Lake Regional Park
Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park
Antler’s Beach Regional Park
Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park
Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park
Visit www.regionaldistrict.com/pickapark for links to these Regional Parks that remain open for use.
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