Parks & Recreation

Earth Week Celebration 

Summerland's 9th Annual Earth Week Celebration  - April 16 - 22, 2018

Saturday April 14, 10am-4pm: “Treasures, Not Trash” Events – Stash Bash & Appraisal Day
Summerland Arts Centre (9525 Wharton St.) &
Summerland Museum (9521 Wharton St.)

Calling all artists! It’s time for the ultimate artsy yard sale - Stash Bash. This event features great deals on art supplies of all kinds, including paper, paints, sheet music, fabric, and more! Local artists will also have their art for sale. And if you have art supplies you want to sell, you can register to participate. Visit or call 250-494-4494 for more information.

April 14 is Appraisal Day at the Summerland Museum from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM! Discover more about your art, antiques, and other prized possessions with Peter and Marian Blundell, accredited appraisers. Up to three items can be assessed per 15 minutes. The cost is $50 for non-members and $45 for members, and preregistration is required. Please go to for more information.

Monday & Tuesday April 16 & 17, 1-2pm: Energy Efficiencies Tour
Summerland Arena (8820 Jubilee Rd. E)

As one of the major energy consumers in the District of Summerland’s building stock, the Summerland Arena began taking significant steps to reduce their electricity and natural gas usage several years ago and we want to show that work off! Join us for tours of the Summerland Arena on April 16th & 17th at 1pm and learn about the steps staff have taken to decrease the arena’s natural gas, electricity, and water use – realizing a reduction in this building’s GHG emissions footprint by 1/3 since 2009!

Pre-registration is required as spaces are limited. Please call 250.404.4068 or email to save your spot.

Thursday, April 19, 4:30-6:00pm: Creating Climate Resilient Landscapes for Okanagan Homeowners Workshop

Summerland Arts Centre (9525 Wharton St.)

 The effects of changing weather are becoming more obvious in the Okanagan. The Okanagan’s “new normal” includes docks and shorelines lost, more frequent flooding, increasing summer water restrictions, higher water costs, and elevated fire risks.

 The good news story is there are solutions to these issues that can be addressed through careful planning to mitigate future costs and damage. Please join registered professional biologists Alison Peatt (Environmental Planner) and Eva Antonijevic (Ecological Gardener) in a short presentation explaining the causes of flooding while also providing solutions to manage flood and fire threats on private property. There will be time allowed for a discussion. Bring your questions and photos. We will have resources available to help you plan and adjust your landscape to make it more resilient to climate change.

Eva Antonijevic is a Registered Professional Biologist with more than 15-years of experience conducting environmental education programs working with topics such as xeriscaping, firescaping, pollinator friendly gardening, rain-gardens and landscaping along the water’s edge.

 Alison Peatt is a Registered Professional Biologist with more than 30 years of experience. Alison works with various local governments to provide advice on development planning consistent with environmental regulations and values. Alison is particularly interested in supporting improved protection of lakes, wetlands, streams, and habitat for wildlife.

Friday April 20, 3:00pm: New Cycling Hub Unveiling - Memorial Park (Corner of Wharton St. & Kelly Ave.)

The Summerland-based Trail of the Okanagans Society is proud to sponsor a map display and bicycle repair station for a new cycling hub at Memorial Park, with the site prepared and the installation completed by the District of Summerland. Maps detailing cycling trails in and around Summerland show how cyclists can access trails and bike-friendly roads. Trail features and points of interest are explained. The bike repair station provides free access to bike maintenance tools. Please join Mayor Waterman and community members for a formal unveiling at 3 pm on Friday April 20th.

A Skills Workshop and a Flat Tire and Bike Repair workshop to demonstrate the use of the Cycling Hub tools is planned for Saturday, May 19 – visit for more information.

Friday, April 20, 7pm: Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society AGM & Screening of “A River Film”

Centre Stage Theatre (9518 Main St.)

 The subject of water will carry the flow of this year's annual general meeting for the Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society (OSPS). The meeting is free and open to the public, and donations are welcome.

 After electing a new board and dealing with other business to begin the meeting, the award-winning documentary 'A River Film' will be shown.

 The 40-minute movie showcases Osoyoos Lake and the Okanagan River Basin — two transboundary water bodies — and outlines how competing needs within the watershed are balanced by Canada and the United States.

 The film debuted in October in the South Okanagan, and earlier this year it won an Impact DOCS Award of Excellence.

 OSPS works to acquire and preserve parklands. In its history the society has established Okanagan Mountain Park, Cathedral Lakes Park and Conkle Lake Park, among other feats.

Saturday April 21, 10am-3pm: Recycling Roundup
Summerland Arena (8820 Jubilee Rd. E.)

Clean out those cupboards, sheds, and other hiding places – we’re having a Recycling Roundup! On April 21 from 10am-3pm, bring your household hazardous waste and other depot-only recyclables to the Summerland Arena for FREE.

Accepted materials include lightbulbs, household chemicals such as pool cleaners or bleach, used oil and antifreeze, paints, electronics, glass, styrofoam, plastic wrap, small appliances, smoke detectors, and small appliances. (Note: NO commercial waste or bulky items. Household quantities only. Proof of Summerland residence required.)

District staff and representatives from many of the recycling stewardship groups will also be on hand to answer your questions about what materials can be recycled (or not) and why, how the new cart system will work, and to share information about how you can reduce your waste all year round.

Household Hazardous Waste & Recycling Roundup

Sunday April 22, 12:30-2:00pm: ORCA Swim Club Community Beach Cleanup
Powell Beach

Join the Summerland Orca Swim Club as they help to keep our beaches and natural shorelines beautiful and litter-free. Swimmers and beachgoers of all ages are invited to join us at Powell Beach for a cleanup between 12:30-2:00pm. Safety vests and garbage bags will be provided – please bring your own gloves, and dress for the weather. Contact Tina Martin – 250-404-0301 for more information.

Sunday April 22, 10am-12pm: 12th Annual Earth Day Celebration
Adam’s Bird Sanctuary (Peach Orchard Rd. – across from Peach Orchard Campground)

Celebrate nature in Summerland!! Join other community members at this FREE family celebration to enhance the natural creekside habitat in the Adams Bird Sanctuary. There will be planting of native trees and shrubs that would naturally be found in the area. Display booths will have information on local wildlife, invasive species, landscaping with native plants and more. Bring a reusable bottle or mug and we will provide free water or coffee. Volunteers are asked to bring their own shovels and rakes. Free gardening gloves will be provided to the first 30 volunteers. Enjoy getting your hands dirty for a good cause!