Time to prepare for winter in West Kelowna

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With colder weather setting in and the inevitable arrival of snow, City of West Kelowna crews are gearing up for winter and have some reminders for when the snow starts to fly.

All sports fields will be closed for the season as of November 4 and will reopen in April. Parks washrooms are also now closed until mid-spring, with the exception being the heated facilities at Willow Beach, which remain open for users of parks and trails along the popular Gellatly Bay multiuse corridor.

Roads maintenance crews have readied the fleet and remind everyone that when snow falls streets are cleared on a priority basis:

Priority 1 - Arterial and collector roads, transit routes and roads with steep grades for public safety
Priority 2 - School zones and/or school bus routes; town centres and population centres
Priority 3 - All other local and rural roads

A roads priorities map is available on West Kelowna’s website.

For roads maintenance inquiries please email roads@westkelownacity.ca. Outside of the City Roads Department’s business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, residents may choose to call West Kelowna’s road maintenance contractor, AEL, at 1-866-353-3136.

Please remember to park off street when snow falls or is in the forecast to ensure crews can clear roads effectively and efficiently.

Please also remember that all homeowners are responsible to clear snow and ice from sidewalks along their properties. Snow and ice should not be pushed onto the road and should be shoveled to the side of the driveway that is farthest away from the approaching plow’s direction of travel in order to reduce windrows that are inevitably created by the blade. Clearing windrows is also a homeowner’s responsibility. Snowbirds should arrange for snow clearing while they’re away.

The City of West Kelowna thanks residents who team up to take on winter by clearing sidewalks and windrows and parking off street. The City of West Kelowna also believes that residents who help their neighbours in clearing sidewalks, windrows and driveways are Snow Stars and should be nominated for a chance to win a prize at the end of winter.

To nominate a Snow Star, download and print the form here and return the nomination to City Hall at 2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2T6.

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