CityViews: September 2019 edition

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                                                                                                                          September 2019

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Get involved!

Planning is underway to guide how and where we grow in the next 20 years. How our city grows is defined by several guiding documents, including the Official Community Plan (OCP), Transportation Master Plan (TMP) and 20-year Servicing Plan.

Join us at an upcoming family-friendly, hands-on expo to have your say in Kelowna's future:

Saturday, Sept. 21
Rutland Boys and Girls Club 355 Hartman Road
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 25
Capital News Centre 4105 Gordon Drive
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28
Orchard Park Mall 2271 Harvey Avenue
9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Can't attend in person? Provide your feedback online from Sept. 16 to Oct. 4 at kelowna.ca/kelowna2040


City news

Parking changes downtown: check signage for new parking zones and rules.

Rutland Activity Centre re-opens.

Modernizing the business licence system.

Water meter network pilot is underway.

Wood frame construction goes up to 12 storeys tall.


City spotlights

Get active this fall. There’s still lots of programs to choose from in our Fall Activity & Program Guide.

Save the date: the City’s annual Family Monster Bash is on Oct. 27 at the Capital News Centre. 


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Safety in our community

Community safety has many facets: we aim to balance the needs of our residents and community so that everyone can feel safe to enjoy all areas of our city, that criminals are dealt with through enforcement and that those who need help receive compassionate assistance.

The 2019 Public Safety & Crime Survey found that most residents feel very safe or somewhat safe in their neighbourhood during the daytime (99%) and during the night (82%). This is consistent with the 2018 Citizen Survey finding that 87% of residents describe the community as being safe. Citywide, residents think the most important crime-related problems are breaking and entering/property crimes and drug use.

Continued action on safety is essential and safety remains a top priority for us and our residents.

Darren Caul has joined the City as the Director of Community Safety and will work with the community to respond to acute safety issues. In his role he manages the City Police Services, Bylaw Services and Risk Management and Security teams with a mandate of security, public order and sense of safety in Kelowna.

In addition to the annual summer RCMP and Bylaw bike teams patrolling our parks and neighbourhoods, new safety initiatives implemented this summer include:

  • The Kelowna RCMP launched online crime reporting so residents can report a non-emergency crime that has already been committed. A link is available at kelowna.ca/police
  • Sidewalk and street cleaning for Leon Avenue was increased in partnership with the Downtown Kelowna Association, Kelowna Gospel Mission and Bylaw Services
  • Bylaw officers began using a new utility task vehicle for increased visibility, presence, outreach and responsiveness within the city including: downtown, Enterprise Way, Knox Mountain Park and the Okanagan Rail Trail

To learn more about ways we’re continuing to address community safety read the safety fact sheet or visit kelowna.ca/safety.


Balancing transportation networks

Active transportation fall Kelowna

As Kelowna continues to grow, investing in our transportation networks will improve how people travel around our city. In 2019 the City invested $28 million toward improving roads, bridges and active transportation networks.

This fall, two new active transportation projects are expected to open: the Ethel Street Active Transportation Corridor is being extended to Springfield Road, while new protected bike lanes on Sutherland Avenue will provide a safe bike connection between Abbott and Ethel streets. Including construction of these two projects, the City's 2019 transportation budget includes approximately $8 million invested toward active transportation improvements such as transit equipment upgrades, sidewalks, pathways, and bike lanes. Information about how to safely use Kelowna’s active transportation networks can be found at kelowna.ca/onthemove.

Also in 2019, many roads have been refreshed through repairs and repaving. This year’s $3.5 million pavement management program has focused efforts on Gordon Drive, KLO Road, Bernard Avenue, Clifton Road, High Road, and Clement Avenue, among others. A total of 40 lane kilometres on 16 different road segments will have been repaved by November 2019.


Delivering on investments in parks

Rowcliffe Park opening celebration 2019

This summer, several parks were upgraded and opened to provide beautiful, green, safe and active spaces for families and residents.

We completed Phase 3 of the Rutland Centennial Park (250 Rutland Rd N) upgrades valued at $1.2 million. The park features a new garden space, pathways, bench seating, additional landscaping and an expansion of the accessible playground.

We transformed the Mission Creek Mountain Bike Skills Park (1960 Hollywood Rd South) with a $60,000 investment. Ranging from intermediate to expert, the revamped jumps have been created to build riders’ skills as they progress. The beginner pump track also received an upgrade while remaining accessible for riders of all abilities.

We celebrated the official re-opening of Rowcliffe Park in the heart of the Central Green community. The $1.4 million park enhancements include a community garden, open grass field, additional walkways and redeveloped off-leash dog park. The park amenities build on the previously completed accessible playground.

Coming up, join our Park Services team in celebrating National Forest Week and National Tree Day on Sept. 26 at Cameron Park (2345 Richter St.) at 10:30 a.m. (weather permitting). Residents can watch the removal of a declining Cottonwood tree and the replanting of several new trees in its place. It is an opportunity to learn more about the importance of  preserving our urban forest and what the City does to increase its urban canopy each year.

Learn more about our beautiful parks at kelowna.ca/parks.


A vision for Kelowna's culture scene

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Rich cultural offerings provide vibrancy to our community and we are proud to celebrate the diversity in arts and culture Kelowna has to offer.

Kelowna Council has endorsed a new strategic direction for the development of cultural services: the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan is a community-based plan highlighting five key theme areas for the next six years including strategic investments, spaces, capacity, vitality and connections. Within these are 10 goals and 50 strategies with sample community initiatives showcasing how cultural organizations, artists, businesses, government and the public can support the success of the plan.

The Cultural Plan has been adopted just in time for the 10th annual Culture Days set to begin on Sep. 27. Join us in celebrating culture in Kelowna: the public kick-off party takes place at the Rotary Centre for the Arts starting at 5:30 p.m. A “Share the Plan” event grant will be made available where individuals, groups, businesses or organizations can apply to receive a small grant to share the Cultural Plan with like-minded individuals.

To learn more about Culture in Kelowna and how you can get involved in supporting and bringing the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan to life, visit kelowna.ca/culture.