West Kelowna sprucing up for spring

Crews have been busy in West Kelowna’s great outdoors prepping the city’s parks for those venturing out to soak up the sun

Crews have been busy in West Kelowna’s great outdoors prepping the city’s parks for those venturing out to soak up the warm, sunny weather.

Public washrooms at most city parks and greenways are now open. Washrooms located at sports fields will open at the same time as their respective athletic parks—by April 15.

Spring street sweeping is proceeding on schedule and is slated to wrap up by mid-April. Thank you to everyone who helped crews by parking off street as sweepers came around to the various neighbourhoods. Please continue to help keep our streets and boulevards clean by covering trailer and truck bed loads and taking garbage, recycling and yard waste to the designated drop off facilities including the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre on Asquith Road in West Kelowna or the Glenmore Landfill in Kelowna. For a list of recycling depot locations, please visit www.westkelownacity.ca/recyclingguide.

Sand has been deposited as a precaution at Green Bay, Casa Loma and the end of Whitworth Drive, should it be needed for flood prevention later this spring. As local creeks and Okanagan Lake rise closer to their peak levels, bags will also be made available at these locations. If West Kelowna residents feel they need sand bags sooner, they can contact the city’s Operations Department at 778-797-8849.

The City of West Kelowna’s egg addling program has begun as part of efforts to control the population of nonindigenous, non-migratory Canada geese which, if unchecked, destroy parks and cause water quality issues at beaches and near intake pipes. Professionals are responsible for inspecting nests and carrying out addling activities, which are authorized under Environment Canada permit. The public can report geese nests by calling 1-877-943-3209 or visiting the program’s website at www.okanagangooseplan.com. A follow up program aimed at scaring away invasive geese will begin May 1. Geese can be aggressive so please contact qualified staff to carry out these activities.