l-r Hon. Minister Steve Thomson (MLA); Cheif Robert Louie and Chairman Robert Hobson at podium
The Central Okanagan Regional District has purchased/leased a significant amount of Black Knight Mountain for a massive new regional park. The site is 510 hectares (1260 acres.) There is a co-management agreement with Westbank First Nation for the new park's oversight. This is traditional Okanagan Nation territory. First Nation peoples collected valuable arrow heads from this mountain. The name Sntsk'il'nten means "Place where flint is found." (Phonetic spelling is sinch-keel-en-tin) Robert Hobson, the retiring Chariman of the Regional Board said this completes his goal of establishing four major Parks in the Region. It protects a sensitive ecosystem of sparsely vegitated Talus, Coniferouse woodlands and Ponderosa Pine and open grasslands. This is great news for Rutland residents as this important park lies on its border. It will provide wonderful future recreation opportunities. I am proud to be able to represent Kelowna Citizens on the Regional Board and fully supported the establishment of this new regional park. I especially want to thank Robert Hobson for his vision in creating the regional Park system. There are now 31 Regional parks in the Central Okangan - It is an amazing legacy. Thanks Robert!