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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is seeking input into its Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan. (Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen photo)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen listening for input on parks plan with sounding boards

Feedback opportunities available for comments on Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan

 

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy plans to add a bike park and trail upgrades to Ellison Provincial Park, with a request for proposals open until May 18, 2021. (BC Parks photo)

Hoped-for expansion of Vernon provincial park falls through, but upgrades on the way

Meanwhile, MLA Sandhu says the province is working to enhance public parks, including Ellison Park

 

Hikers are still able to climb to the top of Giant’s Head Mountain in Summerland, but the paved road to the upper parking lot will be closed from 7 a.m. to noon and all day on Sundays. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland park partially closed to vehicle traffic

Giant’s Head Mountain Park gates will be closed to cars until noon

 

The contract has been awarded for a wheelchair accessible pathway in Manitou Park in Naramata. (Google Maps photo)

Wheelchair-accessible path coming to Naramata’s Manitou Park

The pathway will provide improved access to park amenities for all users

The contract has been awarded for a wheelchair accessible pathway in Manitou Park in Naramata. (Google Maps photo)
A racial slur was discovered painted on a piece of playground equipment, and a derogatory four-word saying was found spray-painted on the outside wall of the washroom facility, at Kin Beach Sunday, March 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Racial slur painted on Okanagan playground

The slur and a four-word derogatory statement found painted at Kin Beach in Vernon

A racial slur was discovered painted on a piece of playground equipment, and a derogatory four-word saying was found spray-painted on the outside wall of the washroom facility, at Kin Beach Sunday, March 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The reccommended final plan for Skaha Lake Park’s renovations is headed to council for a decision on March 16. (City of Penticton)

Final plan for Skaha Lake Park up for council approval

Council will decide whether to go forward with the multimillion-dollar project on March 16

The reccommended final plan for Skaha Lake Park’s renovations is headed to council for a decision on March 16. (City of Penticton)
Where the Dude Chilling Park sign used to live. (Cara McKenna/Twitter)

Famous Dude Chilling Park sign stolen again in East Vancouver

The Parks Board will replace the apparently popular sign for at least the third time

Where the Dude Chilling Park sign used to live. (Cara McKenna/Twitter)
A ditch marks the Canada-U.S. border and separates people walking on the road, right, in Surrey, British Columbia, and those gathered at Peace Arch Historical State Park, left, in Blaine, Wash., Sunday, July 5, 2020. Although the B.C. government closed the Canadian side of the park in June due to concerns about crowding and COVID-19, people are still able to meet in the U.S. park due to a treaty signed in 1814 that allows citizens of Canada and the U.S. to unite in the park without technically crossing any border. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

B.C. premier says calling for closure of Peace Arch State Park a federal responsibility

Horgan said he would ‘take action’ if Canada-U.S. border park is flagged as problem by PHO

A ditch marks the Canada-U.S. border and separates people walking on the road, right, in Surrey, British Columbia, and those gathered at Peace Arch Historical State Park, left, in Blaine, Wash., Sunday, July 5, 2020. Although the B.C. government closed the Canadian side of the park in June due to concerns about crowding and COVID-19, people are still able to meet in the U.S. park due to a treaty signed in 1814 that allows citizens of Canada and the U.S. to unite in the park without technically crossing any border. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Former park warden George Mercer has turned to writing fiction since his retirement and move to Vancouver Island. Photograph by Lia Crowe

Into The Wild With Writer George Mercer

A passion for parks sets the backdrop for novel series

  • Jan 6, 2021
Former park warden George Mercer has turned to writing fiction since his retirement and move to Vancouver Island. Photograph by Lia Crowe
Linear Park’s wide, paved walkway is used by many, including bicyclists, dogs, walkers and runners. (Morning Star file photo)

North Okanagan park pup approved

Letter from Lexxi the Labradoodle

Linear Park’s wide, paved walkway is used by many, including bicyclists, dogs, walkers and runners. (Morning Star file photo)
Eight Lombardy poplar trees at Pioneer Park in Kaleden will be removed. (Contributed)

Trees will be removed from Kaleden park

Eight Lombardy poplar trees have damage and present risks to the public

Eight Lombardy poplar trees at Pioneer Park in Kaleden will be removed. (Contributed)
The cycling and pedestrian trail in Polson Park is closed for upgrades Thursday, Nov. 5. (City of Vernon photo)

North Okanagan trail closed for upgrades in Polson Park

Pedestrian and cycling trail nearing completion

The cycling and pedestrian trail in Polson Park is closed for upgrades Thursday, Nov. 5. (City of Vernon photo)
A washroom building will be constructed in the Garnett Family Park at the Heritage Hills development near Okanagan Falls. (Image courtesy of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen)

Contract awarded to build washroom in Garnett Family Park

Bid accepted for facility at park in Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands area

A washroom building will be constructed in the Garnett Family Park at the Heritage Hills development near Okanagan Falls. (Image courtesy of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen)
The first two phases of trail upgrades have been completed in Giant’s Head Mountain Park in Summerland. From left are Coun. Doug Holmes, Lisa Jaager of the Summerland Rotary Club, Linda Van Alphen, MP Dan Albas, MLA Dan Ashton, Mayor Toni Boot, Ellen Walker-Matthews, Tom Matthews and Coun. Marty Van Alphen. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

VIDEO: First phases of upgrades completed at Summerland park

Improvements have been made to Giant’s Head Mountain Park

The first two phases of trail upgrades have been completed in Giant’s Head Mountain Park in Summerland. From left are Coun. Doug Holmes, Lisa Jaager of the Summerland Rotary Club, Linda Van Alphen, MP Dan Albas, MLA Dan Ashton, Mayor Toni Boot, Ellen Walker-Matthews, Tom Matthews and Coun. Marty Van Alphen. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Public to weigh in on designs for future of Lake Country waterfront

Public to weigh in on designs for future of Lake Country waterfront

District is seeking public feedback on the designs for the stretch of waterfront

Public to weigh in on designs for future of Lake Country waterfront
North Okanagan park planning at play

North Okanagan park planning at play

Plans for Lumby, Enderby and Vernon parks and trails in the works

North Okanagan park planning at play
Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)                                Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

North Okanagan man chains himself to tree in protest of construction

Crews began work clearing space for a new facility Thursday, Aug. 6

Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)                                Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon bylaw staff are thanked for keeping Linear Park clean and tidy. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

North Okanagan park back to being beautiful

LETTER: City thanked for keeping Linear Park clean

Vernon bylaw staff are thanked for keeping Linear Park clean and tidy. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.. (Black Press Media files)

BC Parks considering a day-use pass system for popular locations to avoid overcrowding

Although some parks have reopened, B.C.’s busiest parks have remained shut

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.. (Black Press Media files)
The skate park in Polson Park is a pool following June 30 rainstorms. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Water floods North Okanagan skate park, playground

Polson Park remains closed following Tuesday storms

The skate park in Polson Park is a pool following June 30 rainstorms. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)