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Residents of fast-growing Kelowna asked how to build strong communities

July 09, 2014 - 7:46 AM

KELOWNA - What makes a strong and great neighbourhood? The City of Kelowna wants to know.

Kelowna is experiencing a growth of about 1,000 people each year, according to a city press release. The aim of the surveys and speaking opportunities is to help the municipality guide growth in a way that creates connections and unity. Residents are invited to providing feedback about what they like and don't like about their neighbourhood to the city will have an idea what's working as well as challenges.

“We’ll be out at 22 different parks across the city to hear firsthand how attached residents are to their neighbourhoods and understand the barriers in establishing a stronger sense of empowerment or involvement within their neighbourhoods,” said community and neighbourhood programs manager, Louise Roberts. “The information we collect will help us develop pilot programs, beginning next year, that enable citizen involvement.”

Residents can talk to staff at city-hosted events with activities and entertainment. Surveys will be available at City Hall, Parkinson Recreation Centre and the Active Living and Culture Office on Glenmore Road at Mountain Avenue, or online beginning Saturday, July 12. The survey will close Tuesday, Sept. 2.

To learn more about the Strong Neighbourhoods Project, neighbourhood events visit or email

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