Summer in Kelowna unofficially starts earlier than in many other cities.
Along with the sun comes an increase in the number of events that help draw residents and visitors to the city and to local parks in particular.
This coming weekend, three events are scheduled to take place in the city, giving residents of all ages something fun to do outdoors.
But, according to the City Hall, along with the events comes there will be minor delays and re-routing of traffic to accommodate them.
First up will be the annual Fat Cat Children’s Festival. The festival will kick off Friday and run through Saturday.
This year, organizers will introduce a new parade route along Cawston Avenue and Water Street.
During the festival, Waterfront Park will be open to ticket holders only on Friday, June 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturday, from June 8, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Minor delays are expected along the parade route Saturday morning. Motorists are asked to follow the direction of on-site traffic control personnel. On street parking will also be restricted. Cars parked in restricted areas will be courtesy towed to the parking lot at the corner of Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street.
Minor re-routing of transit buses may also be required to avoid Cawston Avenue and the north end of Water Street during the parade.
Additional closures will include:
June 7, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m—On-street parking restrictions along the west side of Water Street from Sunset Drive to the cross walk between Waterfront Park and Prospera.
6 a.m. to 4 p.m.—Waterfront Park parking lot (at the Dolphins).
June 8, 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.—On-street parking restrictions along parade route and marshalling area from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Waterfront Park parking lot.
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.—Road closures along Coronation Avenue (St. Paul Street to east of Richter Street) and from Richter Street (Clement Avenue to Cawston Avenue) for parade marshalling.
9:45 a.m. to11:30 a.m.—Rolling road closures along Cawston Avenue and Water Street.
Then, on Sunday, the Fresh Air Walk/Run for Women will take place in east Kelonwa.
The annual 5K and 10K walk/run for close East Kelowna Road, from McCulloch Road at KLO Road to Reid Road, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. to accommodate a portion of the race.
Drivers are asked to be cautious and watch for runners along the route, as participants will have the right-of-way during this timed event.
Meanwhile, the annual Motorcycle Ride for Dad to help raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer, will travel through Kelowna on Sunday as well.
Riders will be leave Banners on McCurdy Road and head along Highway 97 to the downtown core before travelling over the bridge into West Kelowna.
To maintain the procession, Ellis Street (from Highway 97 to Lawrence Avenue), Lawrence Ave. (from Ellis Street to Abbott Street) and Abbott Street (from Lawrence Avenue to Highway 97) will be closed for approximately 15 minutes around 10:15 a.m.
Minor re-routing or delays of transit buses may also occur in the downtown core during that temporary closure.
For more information on road closures, visit the city’s webpage at kelowna.ca/roadreport.