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Cable wakepark hits Okanagan Lake
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 76956 - Jun 22, 2012

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You may never have heard of it but cable wakeboarding promises to sweep the Okanagan.

That's the hope of Conrad Wiker who's cable wakepark is set to open to the general public next week.

The facility has taken shape over the past few months on the westside of the WR Bennett Bridge near the old ferry wharf.

Wiker describes cable wakeboarding as something similar to using a T-bar on a ski hill.

"Instead of sitting on your butt it sits in your hands, instead of going up I make you go across, instead of going over snow you go over water and instead of going slow I make you go real fast," says Wiker

"Basically it's just like wakeboarding or water skiing."

Wiker says cable wakeboarding began more than 50 years ago.

"There's 215 cable facilities around the world in 43 countries. We are actually one of eight sports shortlisted for the 2020 Olympics."

Construction on the cable park began in May after about three years of discussions with Westbank First Nation.

Final testing is underway right now with the park slated to open Saturday, June 30.

Wiker says there are two different cable systems, a beginner and an advanced cable.

The beginner cable rents for $75 for a half hour and $135 for a full hour.

"What I tell people is, it's like getting a golf tee time, don't come by yourself because nobody can really wakeboard or cable board for 30 minutes or an hour," says Wiker.

"Most people go three to five minutes on what we call a pull series which is about five to six laps. You take a break and go again."

Wiker says the plan is to operate this first park this year and possibly expand to other locations on the lake in the coming years.

"This is only phase one of two phases here in the Okanagan. Next year, we have plans for a six tower, 10 rider system in which 10 riders will be going at the same time."

That larger system would go where the current cable system is located. The current system, says Wiker, would be moved on the other side of the dock to be used as a training facility.

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Taking the pressure of watering
Kelowna Capital News - September 23, 2010

A new resource is now available for people interested in conserving water used on landscapes.

The new UnH2O Garden, created by the Okanagan Xeriscape Association over the past year at Kelowna’s H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre on Gordon Drive, officially opens today.

Temporary fencing that enclosed the garden while it was being created will come down so the public can meander along the pathways and learn more about plants that require very little or no irrigation, even in this near-desert environment.

This 4,000 square foot demonstration xeriscape garden is laid out in five theme areas: a Mediterranean Garden, two Rock Gardens, a Butterfly Garden, Native Plant Garden and an Ornamental Grass Garden. “The goal of this public garden is to show the beauty and versatile range of garden styles that can be achieved using xeriscape principles,” explained Gwen Steele, executive-director of the OXA.

“The garden’s colour and texture will evolve with the seasons and also as the plants grow and mature in the coming years, so people will see something quite different each time they return to visit,” she adds.

The garden was created largely by volunteers, but with financial support from the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s water conservation grant program, Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding program and the City of Kelowna. The local landscape industry partnered with the OXA to build the garden.

“We are proud to support community groups across British Columbia like the Okanagan Xeriscape Association,” said Canada’s environment minister Jim Prentice.

“We encourage all Canadians to take action on biodiversity as every action, large or small, can help to protect the abundance and variety of life that is part of our natural heritage.”

Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan added: “During this important International Year of Biodiversity, I am pleased that the federal government is able to support a worthwhile project such as this Okanagan xeriscape gardening project.

“This demonstration garden will enhance public awareness on gardening and water usage and provide training in xeriscaping to local residents, garden clubs and businesses interested in decreasing water use.”

The OBWB’s Okanagan Water Supply and Demand Study, released this spring, reported that 24 per cent of water used in the valley is for outdoor domestic use, predominantly irrigating landscapes, compared to indoor domestic use, at seven per cent.

The OXA is committed to help people reduce that water use, with such tools as this new demonstration garden and a website with tips and advice about planting around your home. There is also a detailed database of plant varieties which thrive on less water, including photos. It’s at: www.okanaganxeriscape.org

Steele conducts classes in xeriscape techniques in the spring and fall, with discounts for OXA members. Details of class dates and a membership form are also available on the website.

She said she hopes the garden will inspire people to create their own xeriscapes. Those who do should consider entering their efforts in the 2011 unH20 Gardening Contest for residential landscapes.

There will be three $500 cash prizes for the best large xeriscaped landscape; the best small one; and a draw from all contest entries. Entrants must submit before and after photographs of their landscape and incorporate the seven principles of xeriscape. Entries will be judged in September 2011.

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Westside Daze hosting Battle of Bands
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 54701 - May 21, 2010

The longest continuously running free family festival in the Central Okanagan is extending an invitation at all youth in the valley.

Westside Daze has a full day of events, activities and competitions aimed directly at youth during Youth Day, Friday, July 2.

Youth Day features a skateboard demonstration and competition at the Johnson and Bentley Skateboard Park in conjunction with Westgate Church with prizes provided by Freeride, a Freestyle Motocross performance featuring Kelowna's Kris Garwasiuk and culminates with a Battle of the Bands.

Battle of the Bands will feature up to 12 musical groups not currently under contract with a recording label.

The winning band will win a prize package which includes a 3-track Demo CD professionally produced by Tree Fort Music Studios and a spotlight on SUN-FM radio.

Among the judges are producers from Tree Fort Music Studios and members of Vancouver recording artists Goodbye Beatdown.

Prospective groups must not currently have a recording contract and members must be between 13 and 28 years of age.

Entry deadline is June 10.

Entry forms for the Battle of the Bands competition are available at www.westsidedaze.com.

As with all Westside Daze events, there is no admission charge.

Westside Daze takes place Thursday, July 1 through Sunday, July 4 at the main field below the Johnson and Bentley Memorial Pool.

For more information on Youth Day and the Battle of the Bands, call Adrienne at 250-899-1425 or friend_angell "at" hotmail.com.

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