Residents will be able to spend more time at regional parks in the Central Okanagan this year.
A new Regional District of Central Okanagan parks bylaw allows visitors to enjoy another hour of access each evening during the spring and fall, and two additional hours on summer nights.
Other updates see vaping added to the ban on all smoking within regional parks and a new opportunity to permit First Nations ceremonial, cultural and social purposes.
“Regional Parks have become a popular destination for residents and visitors during the summer months,” says Communications Officer Bruce Smith. “In order to ensure that park visitors continue to experience high quality services and park experiences, some new reservation regulations are in place designed to provide equal opportunities for everyone to enjoy the natural beauty and amenities in our Regional Parks.”
There are now three categories of reservations available, one for special events. A new application form ensures that parking and washroom facilities are provided for participants at events for up to 500 people.
Weddings are permitted at Bertram Creek and Kopje Regional Parks during April, May, September and October for up to 75 guests over a 4-hour period. With limited parking, wedding bookings are no longer available at Gellatly Nut Farm and Kaloya regional parks.
Picnic Shelter reservations are available at many of Regional Parks for up to 25 guests over a two-hour period.
Along with these changes to Regional Parks reservations is a new table of fees including a new booking fee for school programs.
Anyone considering a park/facility booking should contact Visitor Services at 250-469-6140 for specific details or visitwww.regionaldistrict.com/parkbooking.