Parks Alive! is back in Kelowna

Parks Alive! provides free entertainment at various parks throughout Kelowna. Travis Lowe/Global News

A summertime tradition in the Okanagan that brings entertainment to local neighbourhoods is back.

Park and Play is a Festivals Kelowna initiative to bring music and games closer to where people live and encourage families to be active and connect with their neighbours.

“I think it’s just more about communities, getting everybody out and seeing the beautiful parks that we have in the city,” program coordinator Melissa Sbrega said.

Through the initiative, free, live music will be available in various parks throughout Kelowna.

“We are so lucky to have hundreds of parks throughout it and they’re all green spaces and to promote it and get everybody out and use the green space that we have an dto meet their neighbours and listen to some great music.”

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Sbrega said 85 local bands from Summerland to Vernon have been hired.

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“We do have some touring artists as well but we try to give a stage for our local bands because we’ve got a big depth of talent [locally],” Sbrega said.

Tuesday night’s entertainment could be found in Ben Lee Park in Rutland.

Festivals Kelowna has partnered with local bands to offer free, live entertainment in Kelowna parks.

Parks all over the city will be alive with activity through the month of July.

Click here to view the full park and play schedule.