West Kelowna to improve lake access parks

Paddlewheeler Park and Osprey Park will be developed to a "moderate standard" by 2013.

The newly named Paddlewheeler Park and Osprey Park will be getting some new improvements as well.

District of West Kelowna director of development services, Nancy Henderson, said that the Waterfront Plan recommended that the two parks be developed to a “moderate standard.”

A report given to council during Tuesday’s meeting indicated that during the development of the Waterfront Plan, feedback suggested there is extensive interest in the development of non-motorized boat launching facilities.

The report added that the development of non-motorized boat launches would reduce conflict between motorized and non-motorized uses in high-use areas, support tourism opportunities and encourage an active population.

The Waterfront Plan also recommends that the development of new parks and playgrounds in the Green Bay area should be considered a priority as a result of the current lack of waterfront park facilities servicing the area.

Design considerations for both Paddlewheeler Park, which was formerly referred to as Pritchard Drive Lake Access No. 1, and Osprey Park, which was formerly referred to as Green Bay Lake Access No. 5, include:

– Water access for non-motorized boats (Paddlewheeler Park only)

– Playground installation (Osprey Park only)

– Improved and formalized parking

– Signage

– Pathway network

– Improved surfacing, buffering vegetation and landscaping features

– Seating and picnic areas

– Beach/native grass on shoreline

If the recommended improvements to Paddlewheeler and Osprey Parks come under the $209,000 budget, council also agreed to allow staff to work on improving a third waterfront park, commonly referred to as Casa Loma Dock.

District staff will now work to prepare conceptual designs for the two proposed lake access parks and then there will be opportunities for public consultation.

Official park openings are tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2013.

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Kelowna Capital News