Pandosy Waterfront Park

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The City of Kelowna is excited to begin building the Pandosy Waterfront Park sooner than anticipated, thanks to available Parks Development Cost Charges (DCC’s).

This lakefront community-level park will feature an urban lakefront, paddle sport launch area, pedestrian promenade, pathways, and more.

Preparation of the site is beginning in late 2020, with Phase 1 construction taking place in 2021 and Phase 2 in 2022 subject to approvals and permits.

If you want to see more about the future phases of design work on the park, check out the Forum at the bottom of this page.

Have a question? There is also a Q&A at the bottom of the page to submit any questions to the project team.

About the Design

The full park design reflects a balance of the priorities and values shared with us by the community, including:

Creating great public spaces that bring people together

Public spaces like parks, plazas, community centres and urban centres are catalysts to community cohesion and vibrancy. The location and design of Pandosy Waterfront Park will invite residents and visitors to gather with friends, family and community against the backdrop of our City's greatest natural resource, Okanagan Lake.

Phase 1 construction includes all areas within the red boundary (apart from the future event pavilion) and listed in blue text. Future phases of construction will include all of the areas in grey. A schedule for proceeding with these elements will be developed as further funding becomes available.


Master Plan design



New lift station with foot washing station


Misting area with large boulders


*To view more images of future design elements, visit the forum at the bottom of this page. Be sure to register so you can join in the discussion!


Project Timeline

The Journey to Today

The redevelopment of this property has been contemplated for more than a decade. Council endorsed the park’s design based on the feedback from residents during an in-depth public engagement process in 2014, which included:

  • An online forum for public feedback
  • A large-scale citizen design workshop called a charrette
  • An open house

Feedback from the community was strong on maintaining a greenspace park. Without a revenue-generating property to fund the project, construction on the new park was scheduled for 2025/26 when funding would be available.

In 2019 new Parks Development Cost Charges were introduced and this new funding stream has allowed the City to expedite the construction of the park.

The City of Kelowna is excited to begin building the Pandosy Waterfront Park sooner than anticipated, thanks to available Parks Development Cost Charges (DCC’s).

This lakefront community-level park will feature an urban lakefront, paddle sport launch area, pedestrian promenade, pathways, and more.

Preparation of the site is beginning in late 2020, with Phase 1 construction taking place in 2021 and Phase 2 in 2022 subject to approvals and permits.

If you want to see more about the future phases of design work on the park, check out the Forum at the bottom of this page.

Have a question? There is also a Q&A at the bottom of the page to submit any questions to the project team.

About the Design

The full park design reflects a balance of the priorities and values shared with us by the community, including:

Creating great public spaces that bring people together

Public spaces like parks, plazas, community centres and urban centres are catalysts to community cohesion and vibrancy. The location and design of Pandosy Waterfront Park will invite residents and visitors to gather with friends, family and community against the backdrop of our City's greatest natural resource, Okanagan Lake.

Phase 1 construction includes all areas within the red boundary (apart from the future event pavilion) and listed in blue text. Future phases of construction will include all of the areas in grey. A schedule for proceeding with these elements will be developed as further funding becomes available.


Master Plan design



New lift station with foot washing station


Misting area with large boulders


*To view more images of future design elements, visit the forum at the bottom of this page. Be sure to register so you can join in the discussion!


Project Timeline

The Journey to Today

The redevelopment of this property has been contemplated for more than a decade. Council endorsed the park’s design based on the feedback from residents during an in-depth public engagement process in 2014, which included:

  • An online forum for public feedback
  • A large-scale citizen design workshop called a charrette
  • An open house

Feedback from the community was strong on maintaining a greenspace park. Without a revenue-generating property to fund the project, construction on the new park was scheduled for 2025/26 when funding would be available.

In 2019 new Parks Development Cost Charges were introduced and this new funding stream has allowed the City to expedite the construction of the park.

Submit questions about Pandosy Waterfront Park and our team will respond within three business days.

Questions & Answers

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    Originally a playground was being considered for future phases, but it's not part of the masterplan. Is it no longer a possibility?

    binzer asked 3 days ago

    Hi Binzer, the Master Park design identifies acquisition of additional property for future phases that would include a playground. 

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    When are the existing homes being demolished for the new park. I had heard they were being taken down by January 2021. Additionally, what changes will occur on the sidewalks between the new park and the hospital? We saw surveyors talking about an upgrade. Will it be like Abbott closer to downtown?

    Curt asked 9 days ago

    Hi Curt, demolition of the existing homes is still planned for this Spring. 

    There is an interim Active Transportation Corridor planned for Abbott street between Boyce-Gyro Beach and Strathcona beach. You can learn more at kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

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    The plan suggests a future active transportation corridor on Abbott Street. Is this referring to a walking and bike path connecting Pandosy Waterfront Park to Downtown?

    Rob Simpson asked 25 days ago

    Hi Rob, the City will be constructing an interim Active Transportation Corridor from Boyce Gyro Park to Strathcona park in 2021. To learn more about this project visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

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    Good day! This is a fantastic idea. Will there be an area designated for dogs? Most of the beaches prohibit dogs except for a few select areas. It forces people to unfortunately break the rules, especially if it is a hot day and the animal is thirsty. A small stretch of dog friend beach would be appreciated!

    Nb asked 29 days ago

    Hi Nb,

    Thank you for the question. This park will allow dogs on-leash. 

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    To eliminate the need for single car parking is there a public transportation stop at the Cedar and Abbot entrance?

    Deb Dickerson-Pogue asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Deb,

    There are currently six bus stops within 300 meters of the park, just off Pandosy Street. There are no current plans to add a bus stop on Abbott. 

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    How many existing houses are being removed and when do you expect them to be demolished?

    Jim Meyer asked 2 months ago

    Hi Jim,

    Seven houses are being demolished in the first or second quarter of 2021.

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    Hi, this is more of a comment than a question. Many dog owners take more liberties with their pets than bylaws permit. Case in point is Strathcona Beach Park. We are frequent users of this park and see most dog owners treat the park as off leash. I would like to see dogs prohibited from the park Pandosy Waterfront Park.

    ron.lait asked 2 months ago

    Hi ron.lait,

    Thank you for your comment. We will take it into consideration.

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    Not so much a question as a request to follow-up on trvon’s question...PLEASE consider including an off-leash dog area and/or beach access, either at this park or by turning one of the existing beach accesses in the area (Abbott, West Ave) dog-friendly. There is nowhere dogs can get off-leash exercise in the South Pandosy Village area without driving to either CNC or Lake Ave. Between Kinsmen Park and Gyro, and now with this new Pandosy Waterfront Park, there is PLENTY of space for lakeshore recreation and at least a portion of that can be dedicated to the large population of households with pets.

    PandosyCoco asked 2 months ago

    Hi PandosyCoco, 

    We are currently considering options for off-leash areas for dogs in South Pandosy. Stay tuned for updates!

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    The beach access from the park eastbound is blocked by a single property owner that built an excessive peninsula into the lake that is illegal according to provincial regulations which stipulate that the beach front is public property up to the normal water line which he exceeds by about 50 meters. Is this attracity being removed? I want public access down this beach to Gyro Boyce Park!

    Jim Meyer asked 2 months ago

    Hi Jim,

    The City is working closely with the Province of British Columbia to secure continuous shoreline access within the City of Kelowna.  Any shorelines beyond municipal property lines fall into Provincial jurisdiction and are evaluated separately by the Ministry with methods to secure lands undertaken uniquely by them.  Within municipal boundaries, and in accordance with our Official Community Plan, the City of Kelowna continues to actively identify potential properties to secure contiguous shoreline and park access.  This is a costly undertaking and all identified properties have to be carefully evaluated.

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    Hi there, I am curious how flood mitigation is being included in the shoreline planning? What is going to be in the space between the waterfront walkway and the shoreline? Is a riparian buffer going to be present?

    larl asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for the question! Yes, a continuous riparian setback will be included to help with flood mitigation and shoreline conservation. That will included large logs, boulders, and excavated soil that will be planted with native plants and grasses.