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 began in late 2020. Subject to Provincial approvals and permits, the first phase is anticipated for completion in 2023.

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

















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 began in late 2020. Subject to Provincial approvals and permits, the first phase is anticipated for completion in 2023.

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

















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.

Questions & Answers

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    Are there any efforts planned for cleaning up the shallows of the lake here to make it more suitable for swimming?

    AlexDuffield asked 4 months ago

    Hey Alex! 

    The lake water is not pristine, and beach water quality can fluctuate due to numerous factors including: 

    - lake currents

    -runoff

    - changing environmental factors

    - waterfowl/ animal waste. 

    Pandosy has a lot of still water so any animal waste etc. don't get filtered out. 

    These environmental factors are out of our control so creating a swimmable area is not doable currently. 

    The water at Pandosy has high coliform counts during the summer months. The design of the park will encourage paddling (kayak, canoe and paddle board). Swimming will not be promoted or encouraged.

    You can learn more about the quality of our beaches here: https://www.kelowna.ca/parks-recreation/parks-beaches/water-quality-beaches 

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    Is there an enlarged aerial view somewhere that we can view? The one here is too tiny to even read the street names...

    Mandy Boltwood asked 19 days ago

    Hi Mandy, on the right side there is a "Documents" section - I uploaded the photo there for ease of viewing. https://getinvolved.kelowna.ca/16860/widgets/72381/documents/92973

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    I am curious as to why the Pandosy Waterfront Park is not suitable for swimming. Could you please elaborate on the water quality?

    Cindy Raftis asked 2 months ago

    Hi Cindy, thanks for your question.

    The lake water is not pristine, and beach water quality can fluctuate due to numerous factors including lake currents, runoff, changing environmental factors and waterfowl/ animal waste. Pandosy has a lot of still water so any animal waste etc. don't get filtered out. 

    The water at Pandosy has high coliform counts during the summer months. The design of the park will encourage paddling (kayak, canoe and paddle board). Swimming will not be promoted or encouraged.

     You can learn more about the quality of our beaches here: https://www.kelowna.ca/parks-recreation/parks-beaches/water-quality-beaches 

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    Will there be a dog beach at the park?

    KatieN asked 5 months ago

    Hi there! No designated dog beach but dogs will be allowed in the park on-leash.

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    Will there be a dog beach at the park?

    KatieN asked 5 months ago

    Hi there! No designated dog beach but dogs will be allowed in the park on-leash.

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    Hello, I am wondering what the collaboration has been with Westbank First Nation and the Okanagan Indian Band on this project and if the design prioritizes Indigenous plants.

    Emily Riddle asked 8 months ago

    Hi there, 

    The plant palette did not focus on ‘traditional’ First Nations planting. It does include some indigenous (native to the area) planting such as Oregon Grape, Ponderosa Pine, willow species and snowberry and fescue grasses

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    Will there be parking available and if so will there be time restrictions? As not everyone lives in walking distance to the park who will be using the facility it’s imperative that there is available parking, especially when one has to transport a boat or SUP along with required equipment. There also shouldn’t be a time limit as it’s not uncommon to be out on the water for several hours at a time.

    Paddlegal asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for your question! 

    New parking lot has 13 stalls + 2 handicap stalls accessed from Walnut at Meikle intersection. One benefit of pay parking is that time restrictions may not be required.

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    Will the park be dog friendly? Will the park have a coffee shop or ice cream stand or any kind of food outlet?

    Carp1 asked 9 months ago

    Hi! Thanks for the questions. 

    The standard rules in our parks (except for off-leash dog parks or beaches), is that dogs are allow on-leash, on pathways only. Their waste kills the grass, which is the reason.

    There will be no food outlet on site. 

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    Will there be washrooms? I did not see any in your map

    pattivanh asked 9 months ago

    Hey there! 

    New bathrooms will be incorporated with Kelowna Paddle Center development in 2023/24.

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    Will there be portable bathrooms in place until the paddle facility is built?

    LaurieC asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question Laurie!

    Timing of Kelowna Paddle Club (KPC) development will determine new bathrooms, temporary use/upgrade of KPC bathroom and finally portable bathrooms.

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