Boyce-Gyro Parking and Park Improvements

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Park and parking-lot improvements to Boyce-Gyro

Beach front update

Improvements are planned for one of Kelowna's most popular parks. Welcoming hundreds of beach goers and recreational enthusiasts each year, Boyce-Gyro is in need of a new washroom, better utilization of beachfront, formalized parking, and safer connections for walking, cycling and rolling.

Work began in March, 2018 where Watt Road access to Lakeshore Road was closed to accommodate parking and park improvements. On Friday, June 29, 2018 construction of the permanent 126-stall parking area and expanded recreational amenities was completed.

Construction need to know

  • Both existing washrooms to remain open summer 2018
  • Demolition of the central washroom will happen after Fall 2018 with construction to follow
  • Adjacent walkway and contractors work zone will be closed during construction
  • North washroom to remain open during construction until winterisation
  • New washroom to open summer 2019

Future projects at Boyce-Gyro

The additional parking stalls will allow for the reclamation of the parking lot, currently in the centre of the park (across from Swordy Road), expanding recreational amenities for volleyball and table tennis.

Full replacement of the central washrooms including modern standards in building durability, layout, day-lighting, operational and maintenance servicing and security.

The new access road will be built between the new lot and the mixed-use development, which will provide access between Lakeshore and Watt Roads until the extension of Lanfranco Road to Watt Road is completed, as per the 20-year Road Network Plan. The closure of Watt Road at Lakeshore Road will improve vehicle access to the park, as well as cycling and pedestrian routes.

Let us know if you have any questions on the attached design or how construction is expected to take place. Ask below and we'll get you an answer as soon as possible.

Beach front update

Improvements are planned for one of Kelowna's most popular parks. Welcoming hundreds of beach goers and recreational enthusiasts each year, Boyce-Gyro is in need of a new washroom, better utilization of beachfront, formalized parking, and safer connections for walking, cycling and rolling.

Work began in March, 2018 where Watt Road access to Lakeshore Road was closed to accommodate parking and park improvements. On Friday, June 29, 2018 construction of the permanent 126-stall parking area and expanded recreational amenities was completed.

Construction need to know

  • Both existing washrooms to remain open summer 2018
  • Demolition of the central washroom will happen after Fall 2018 with construction to follow
  • Adjacent walkway and contractors work zone will be closed during construction
  • North washroom to remain open during construction until winterisation
  • New washroom to open summer 2019

Future projects at Boyce-Gyro

The additional parking stalls will allow for the reclamation of the parking lot, currently in the centre of the park (across from Swordy Road), expanding recreational amenities for volleyball and table tennis.

Full replacement of the central washrooms including modern standards in building durability, layout, day-lighting, operational and maintenance servicing and security.

The new access road will be built between the new lot and the mixed-use development, which will provide access between Lakeshore and Watt Roads until the extension of Lanfranco Road to Watt Road is completed, as per the 20-year Road Network Plan. The closure of Watt Road at Lakeshore Road will improve vehicle access to the park, as well as cycling and pedestrian routes.

Let us know if you have any questions on the attached design or how construction is expected to take place. Ask below and we'll get you an answer as soon as possible.

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    I see a lot of people worried about pay-parking so I wanted to ask about new bicycle parking? Any new bike racks? Expanded bicycle spots? a cement pad? drop-bike refuge? I think a well design bicycle rack area would encourage people to ride to the beach with their family.

    Stephen A12 asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for the question. As part of the recent Boyce-Gyro Park Improvements, there have been 6 new bike parking stalls added next to the south volleyball court. Additional bike parking is being considered as part of the replacement of the central washroom building. There may also be an opportunity in the future to provide a Dropbike haven within the new parking lot to the north.

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    I am happy to hear parking is improved at Gyro but have to say I am a little upset that we now have to pay to park here now. I feel this will discourage locals from enjoying a day at the beach because we now have to pay to park at a lot paid for, I will guess, using property tax money we pay to live here. Low income families will be discouraged from using this beach now because of this policy. It is sad that the city has decided to tax us even more to enjoy this amazing beach, catering to the rich and leaving low income behind. I know it is only $6 a day but, for a single mom raising kids living on welfare, that is a fortune. It would be nice if these meters could be set up to allow locals to park for free and have tourists pay for use. There must be a way by using license plate info registered to a Kelowna address to manage this. Just an out of box idea. It gets frustrating when we are constantly being asked to fork over money to enjoy the beautiful city we have chosen to live in.

    mark0964 asked almost 2 years ago

    Glad to hear you like the parking improvements at Boyce-Gyro! There are many costs associated with the new parking: New infrastructure, maintenance, equipment, enforcement, upgrades, customer service applications, replacement of existing infrastructure, land acquisition, management and more. Because of this, it costs approximately $15,000 - $35,000 to build a new parking stall in Kelowna. In the case of the new Boyce-Gyro parking lot, the City purchased the property in 2006 for $2.95 million with Boyce-Gyro parking and park improvements estimated cost being $2.195 million. For more information about Kelowna’s parking management strategy, visit: https://www.kelowna.ca/roads-transportation/parking/parking-management-strategy/guiding-principles. Alternatively, BC Transit has a bus stop in front of Boyce-Gyro Park for the convenience of beach go-ers!

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    I just drove by Gyro and could not find any entry into the parking lot from Lakeshore Road. How does one get in to park?

    Annie123 asked about 2 years ago

    Hello. There is an access to the newly paved Bpyce-Gyro parking lot off of Lakeshore Road. Please see this map for the access road: https://getinvolved.kelowna.ca/4921/documents/9003.

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    Why did you make this paid parking? This parking lot has always been free! So now I have to spend extra money to do something free with my family? That is not right at all ! Thanks for adding the cash grab!

    Upset low income family asked about 2 years ago

    The newly paved Boyce-Gyro parking lot is a paid parking lot, which will improve availability of short-term parking spaces therefore reducing time spend searching for an unoccupied space. For more information about the City's Parking Management Strategy, visit: kelowna.ca/parking

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    I don't think you have made more parking spaces. You have added another volleyball court is that for the new complex across the street. Where is the handicap parking? It should be some down by the new volleyball net. You are taking away all the public parking at these parks.

    Peggy W2 asked about 2 years ago

    Hello. The once gravel parking lot is now a paved parking lot, which provides more efficient use of space along with approximately 126-stall parking and an informal drop-off area. There are six handicapped stalls in the newly paved parking lot. This is a paid public parking lot, which will improve availability of short-term parking spaces, therefore reducing time spent searching for an unoccupied space. For more information about the City's Parking Management Strategy, visit: kelowna.ca/parking


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    Has the "art piece" been selected or commissioned as yet? If so, what is it going to be?

    MarkF asked about 2 years ago

    Hello. No artist or artwork commission has been selected for Boyce-Gyro.The artist call-out has not yet been issued.

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    You mentioned that the new parking lot for Boyce Gyro Beach will be a paid parking lot--will that be 24 hours of paid parking, and 7 days a week?... or will it be during daytime hours like most other parking areas in the city, e.g., 9AM to 5PM?

    MarkF asked about 2 years ago

    Hello. We are still finalizing the hours that will be paid and unpaid, which will likely be different during the peak summer season and off-season. 

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    I hope the new parking lot will be paved? (lots of bare-footed beachgoers and swimmers would prefer this!)

    MarkF asked about 2 years ago

    Yes, this will be a permanent paved parking lot. 

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    Can we access Abbott by bike through the park during construction

    cqui asked over 2 years ago

    Hello. Yes, cyclists are able to access Abbott through the park during construction. Cyclists will have to dismount and walk through a small section of sidewalk along Watt Road. 

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    what is happening on dirt parking lot off pandosy street/lakeshore?

    mag73wah@yahoo.com asked over 2 years ago

    Hello. Navigate through the projects map here to find out what's coming up near you or filter by project type to find the specific project you are interested in. 

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    Much has been said in the past that dogs on leash would be allowed. Will thi happen soon?

    Ray asked over 2 years ago

    Hello and thank you for the question, at Boyce-Gyro Beach pets are only allowed leashed on the pathway. City Council approved two new permanent off-leash dog parks at Poplar Point and the Downtown Sails, as well as a two-year trial at the Lake Avenue Beach Access. Visit getinvolved.kelowna.ca/lake-avenue-beach-access-dog-beach-trial for more information!

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    Are these going to be paid parking lots now?

    CK asked over 2 years ago

    Hello, thank you for your question. When the parking lot improvements are complete, parking will be paid, this will improve availability of short-term parking spaces therefore reducing time spend searching for an unoccupied space. For more information about the City's Parking Management Strategy, visit: kelowna.ca/parking

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    When is the city doing something with the Abbott Street / Cedar Ave area? It's heavily used by visitors and locals and has being left for years to deteriorate. Please do something soon!

    Marlon B asked over 2 years ago

    Hello and thank you for taking time to ask a question! The City is currently in the design phase of this project and more information about this project can be found here.

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    Is Gyro Beach officially pet friendly this year? Dogs on leashes on grass area only? Thx Tim

    Tim asked over 2 years ago

    Hello and thank you for the question, at Boyce-Gyro Beach pets are only allowed leashed on the pathway. Visit kelowna.ca/parks-recreation. Thank you!