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Parks open early - let's go for a hike!

More than a dozen Regional Parks will be open a few days earlier than normal for visitors during the upcoming long weekend.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says the 15 parks, not maintained during winter months, are normally closed from November 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," says 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 also remains closed. 

Now that the seasonal weather has arrived, construction on the new play facility can resume with an opening scheduled 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," says Smith.

For more information about the 28 Regional Parks and various programs offered through the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan, click here.

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