West Kelowna: Snow removal crews gearing up for winter

With colder weather setting in, West Kelowna is preparing for the inevitable arrival of snow.

With colder weather setting in, West Kelowna is preparing for the inevitable arrival of snow.

Sports fields are closed, as are parks washrooms. Willow Beach washrooms are heated and remain open for Gellatly Trail users. Sports fields and other parks washrooms will reopen in April.

Roads maintenance crews are readying the fleet. Roads 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

On snow days, vehicle owners should park off street to help with the road clearing process. Complete winter roads maintenance information, including a road priorities map, is available on West Kelowna’s website at www.districtofwestkelowna.ca. For roads maintenance inquiries please call 778-797-2225 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding holidays. After hours, call AEL/HMC, West Kelowna’s road maintenance contractor, at 1-866-353-3136.

Please remember that it’s homeowners’ responsibility to clear snow and ice from sidewalks along their properties. Snow and ice should not be shoveled onto the road. Snowbirds are reminded to arrange for snow clearing while they’re away. Residents can visit West Kelowna’s website to nominate a Snow Star to ensure those who help clear snow and ice from sidewalks are recognized for their neighbourly good deeds. Forms can also be picked up at Municipal Hall.

The 2015 Winter Recreation Guide will be released November 27 with programs and activities to keep fit and have fun right through to spring. The guide will be available online and have information on Christmas vacation activities at Jim Lind Arena, Royal LePage Place and Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre and the annual Winterfest and Light Up celebration on Sunday, December 7 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Mount Boucherie Community Centre.