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Kelowna’s Knox Mountain reopening to pedestrians, cyclists

The park has been closed since Saturday, July 1 because of a wildfire
Knox Mountain is reopening to pedestrians and cyclists on Friday, July 7 at 12 p.m. (Black Press Media file photo)

Knox Mountain Park is reopening to the public.

The City of Kelowna has announced that the park is reopening to all pedestrians and cyclists on July 7 at 12 p.m.

Knox Mountain closed to the public on Saturday, July 1 after a wildfire started that spread to 6.3 hectares.

Despite reopening to foot and cycling traffic, the park will remained closed to vehicle traffic as the risk of a fire remains high due to dry conditions. This is a regular occurrence every summer to prevent the risk of wildfires, according to the City of Kelowna.

“City crews and contractors have been through the fire-affected area in recent days removing trees that might be at risk of falling, assessing trails and generally making sure the park is safe,” said Urban Forestry Supervisor Tara Bergeson. “We’re excited to welcome visitors back to Knox Mountain Park but it’s important we’re all extra careful due to the hot, dry conditions we continue to see.”

People who plan on visiting the park are being asked to keep to the trails and avoid the burned area.

The City and Regional District would like to remind the public that campfires, barbecues, smoking, and vaping are not allowed at local parks.

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Jordy Cunningham

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Hailing from Ladner, B.C., I have been passionate about sports, especially baseball, since I was young. In 2018, I graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree
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