The Friends of the South Slopes Society (FOSS) is a volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion of active outdoor recreation by maintaining trails used by hikers, runners, horse riders and mountain bikers in Myra-Bellevue & Okanagan Mountain Provincial Parks and other public lands on the South Slopes
FOSS is BC Parks’ Volunteer Organization of the Year!
Friends of South Slopes (FOSS) has been involved in promoting and protecting the South Slopes area of Kelowna for over 18 years; they have also helped manage the Crawford Trail system in Myra-Bellevue park since its designation in 2001. FOSS has also helped manage Okanagan Mountain park since the fire in 2003. Their membership consists of a diverse demographic with a great range in age and a mixed group from the hiking, mountain biking, naturalist and equestrian communities. This community trust allows them to raise significant funds each year, which goes directly into the parks in the form of volunteer support, equipment, materials, signage and contractor costs.
Read more…Volunteer Group of Year
- 1,785 volunteer hours, 1,300 hours spent directly on trail improvements in Myra-Bellevue and Okanagan Mtn. Provincial Parks.
- Teddy Bear Junction project completed.
- Information board at Stewart Rd. East trailhead installed.
- UTV training completed for volunteer operators.
- Ongoing Adopt-a-Trail and Business Sponsorship Program.
- Additional trail signage installed where required.
- Create a list of high priority trails/projects.
- Use the $21,000 grant from the National Trails Coalition (NTC) and our matching $21,000 to complete as much trail work as possible in the late spring, summer and early fall of 2015.
FOSS Receives National Trails Coalition Grant for 2015
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HELPS IMPROVE LOCAL PARKS
KELOWNA, B.C., 14-April-2015. The Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna–Lake Country, today announced $21,000 in funding for the Friends of the South Slopes Society (FOSS) to enable trail improvement projects in Myra-Bellevue and Okanagan Mountain Provincial Parks. The funding is provided through the National Trails Coalition to groups throughout Canada with approved project applications.
Ron Cannan stated “These parks are very popular destinations for all types of trail sports and improving the trails will create a long-term recreational asset for the entire Central Okanagan”. Jay Darby, FOSS President said, “The funding will help with the ongoing recovery from the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park fire that severely damaged both parks and we are grateful for the funding”. Various projects are planned that will see volunteers working alongside contractors to leverage the maximum value for the funds received. As part of the funding agreement, FOSS must also contribute $21,000 towards the project. FOSS Director Isabel Pritchard said, “Any donations from the public to help offset the $21,000 are much appreciated”. Donations can be made through: www.foss-kelowna.org/membership
Read more… NTC Project info