Issues & Actions
KSAN has been active on many inner-city issues over the past 20 years. Below are listed some of the issues we have been involved with in the past and some that continue into the present.
HERITAGE WEEK in BC, an annual event each February.
For 2016, Heritage Week in British Columbia took place February 15th to 21st. The theme was “Distinctive Destinations – Experience Historic Places”.
- distinctive (adjective): having a special quality, style, attractiveness; notable.
- destination (noun): the place to which a person traces or is sent.
2016 HERITAGE TEA THE HOTEL ELDORADO; Sunday, February 21st, 2:00-4:00pm. Many Kelowna residents joined KSAN for Sunday Tea at the hotel that has provided a historic destination resort experience for 90 years!
photos of the 2016 event:
The original Eldorado Arms was built in 1926 by the Countess Bubna of Austria as a sophisticated, luxury hotel of European standards. Done in the English style, half timbered and gabled, it was the finest hotel in Kelowna at that time and patronized by genteel society. Originally located at 4519 Eldorado Road in the Mission area, the hotel was moved by barge to Cook Road, five kilometres down the lake, in March 1989, burned down in April and was rebuilt in 1990.
For 2015 the theme of Heritage Week, February 16-22nd, 2015 was “Main Street – at the Heart of the Community”. As part of the events throughout the city, KSAN hosted a “Tea and Tidbits” event at First United Church on Saturday, February 22nd which included a guided tour of First United Church and talks by Sharron Simpson and Alice Lundy.
KELOWNA GENERAL HOSPITAL – an ongoing issue
Extensive new development at Kelowna General Hospital has lead to many ongoing issues for nearby residents. Construction and building noise, utility disruptions, and uncertainty about future expansion are some of the concerns. And – despite many new initiatives to control it – parking for staff, patients, construction workers and visitors remains a large problem to be solved.
KSAN members are currently participating on different committees which are aiming to address the many growth issues at KGH. (Check our Bulletin Board for updates.)
NEIGHBOURHOOD PARKING – issues and solutions
KSAN believes that residential neighbourhoods should not be used as parking lots to service hospitals, public parks, commercial zones, schools, colleges, universities or other generators of parking demand. Many other cities in BC and across Canada also recognize this practice as undesirable.
KSAN is experiencing increased parking pressure in some areas of its neighbourhoods, particularly in areas where “pay to park” facilities result in drivers seeking out free and easy alternatives on the streets in our residential neighbourhoods.
The streets belong to everyone when used in a fair and balanced manner. Kelowna’s growing pains are not unique and we can look upon many other examples of how other municipalities have handled the same problems to ensure balance and positive livability in residential neighbourhoods.
Click PARKING – FINAL 12JAN16 for details: