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 2022.

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 began in late 2020. Subject to Provincial approvals and permits, the first phase is anticipated for completion in 2022.

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.

Questions & Answers

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    What are the design features of the Paddle Centre?

    Paul asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Paul, it’s still early in the process to be able to speak to specific design features of the proposed facility. Kelowna Paddle Centre has committed to collaborating with the City to ensure that the design of the new facility is consistent with design standards for public buildings, and complementary to the overall design scheme for Pandosy Waterfront Park. We encourage you to follow the Kelowna Paddle Centre or sign up for their mailing list to stay up to date about design and construction plans for the facility.

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    Is there a washroom?

    Beachfun asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Beachfun,

    Public washrooms are a future improvement. The plan is that, when the Kelowna Paddle Centre builds a new facility, that the City will develop a public washroom in that facility that will be operated by the City and fully open to park users.

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    Will #18 "Future Kayak Center" be run by the city or will it be a private business? Will that be part of Phase 2 (Are the blue dots Phase 1 and Black dots Phase 2 ?) With all the densification of the area and more people living in condo/apartments in the area it would be great if there was a kayak/paddle board storage option.

    WantaGoKayaking asked about 2 months ago

    Hi WantaGoKayaking, you are correct, the blue dots indicate Phase 1 work and the grey dots are Phase 2. The City has just signed a 5 year lease with the Kelowna Paddle Centre to operate the Future Kayak Centre as a private business. I would be good to reach out to them to suggest a kayak/paddle board storage option.

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    This project is really exciting! Can you explain more about what the lift station/boat wash will be use for? What kinds of events will the pavilion be used for and what’s the estimated capacity? Is there space for a fenced off dog area?

    Kimb asked 5 months ago

    Hi Kimb! Great questions.

    The lift station will serve two functions, inside it will move/ pump wastewater and on the outside it will be fitted with spray heads for foot and paddle craft washing and short-term storage racks. Future plans, which are grant dependent, will include an air inflation station, a context map featuring the City of Kelowna’s 27 kilometer Paddle Trail as part of the regional Okanagan Lake Paddling Route; and, a historical record featuring the legacy of paddling on Okanagan Lake.

     

    The City is already working directly with the KLONA to establish monthly events and seasonal performances upon the new park’s opening.  In association with the Kelowna Paddle Centre and other interest groups there will also be annual events, competitions and programs offered.  Dates and details with all groups are still being finalized and will be made available on the City’s website.  Capacity will be determined by the nature of event planned.

     

    The new park will allow dogs on leashes.  However, future development initiatives will feature a small dedicated area as a pilot project for a fenced dog-run along the Abbott Street Corridor.

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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 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 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 5 months ago

    Hi Jim,

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