More than a dozen regional parks will be open a few days earlier than normal for visitors during the upcoming long weekend.
Parks opening March 29 include: Bertram Creek, Cedar Mountain, Kaloya, Killiney Beach, Kopje, Lebannon Creek, Mill Creek, Raymer Bay, Reiswig, Scenic Canyon, Three Forks, Traders Cove, Westshore Estates and Woodhaven.
“Normally these parks are closed from Nov.1 through the end of March, but with the warmer, seasonal weather over the past few weeks, our staff has been working extra hard to get them ready in time for the Easter holiday weekend,” said regional district communications officer Bruce Smith.
Arrangements have been made with resident security staff and the commissionaires to open those parks with gates from approximately 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
Park visitors are reminded that Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park will remain closed until further notice as a result of last September’s wildfire.
The children’s playground at Mission Creek Regional Park remains closed as construction continues with the opening scheduled for later this spring.
“Regional park visitors may find that some amenities will not be available until later in April, such as outdoor washrooms that require water.
“Once we’re assured they won’t be damaged by overnight freezing temperatures, we’ll get them prepared and open for use.”
For more information about the 28 regional parks and various programs offered through the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan, visit regionaldistrict.com/parksguide.