Pandosy Waterfront Park

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he 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.

he 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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    Will swimming off the end of the dock be permitted? I read the answers regarding the water quality and wonder how far that extends out and whether maybe a deep water swimming area and maybe a floating dock to swim out to would be appropriate.

    jfrankbc asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there, thank you for your inquiry! The Pandosy Waterfront Park is not a swimming beach so there would be no dock installed. 

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    I believe the Paddle centre is subsidized by the City, please confirm they will be required to offer Barrier free design and be pro active in supporting paddlers with disabilities ?

    Somo asked 2 months ago

    Hi there! Thank you for your question.

    The Kelowna Paddle Club (KPC) are responsible for funding, designing, and building a new facility (with a smaller footprint) on the site they are  presently located on, within the next 5 years.  The City will provide new public washrooms inside their new facility but are not financing any other KPC initiatives.

    The City requires that the new facility must be barrier-free. KPC already has several club members with disabilities and works in partnership with Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS), a non-profit society, that enables out-door based experiences for people that require additional support.  The KPC will offer custom paddle craft instruction, water safety and specialized equipment to allow people of all abilities to participate.  This service will be open and available to the general public.

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    We are interested in paying for a concrete table with a small plaque in memoriam of a family member who passed away. How much would it cost and what are the details required to get this started? Thank you. Glenn

    Glenn asked 2 months ago

    Hi Glenn. Thank you for your inquiry. Bench and table dedications can be coordinated through the Parks Dept  by calling Tom Woloshyn at 250-469-8838.

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    Any chance that this might come along with a bus route on the K.L.O. - Benvoulin route? Otherwise it's not going to be easy to get to the park for people who live east of Gordon without a bike/car. Could also be useful for a more direct route from Orchard Park / Midtown.

    Daniel asked 3 months ago

    Hi Daniel - Several recent transit transportation plans have included enhanced transit connections as a recommendation, including the Central Okanagan Regional Transportation Plan and the Transit Future Action Plan. We regularly monitor transit service, and increasing service typically requires a minimum level of demand. The KLO-Benvoulin route and service to/from Orchard Park/Midtown is certainly on our radar.

    East of Gordon Drive, the KLO corridor is served by Route 4 Pandosy-UBCO and Route 12 McCulloch. These are lower frequency routes today; however, service levels are expected to be increased on Route 4 in the years ahead.

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    Will there be a designated place where citizens can enjoy swimming with their dogs?

    Joy asked 3 months ago

    Hi Joy, the water quality at this park is not suitable for swimming most of the year, so the park is not being designed or promoted for swimming. Dogs will be allowed in the park on leash.

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    Will dogs be allowed?

    Debby H1 asked 3 months ago

    Hi Debby, dogs will be allowed on-leash.

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    Why is the water fountain directly beside the open shower? Is that not unhygienic?

    Brennie asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for raising this public health concern. The drinking fountain and shower will be separated by distance or a barrier to avoid hygiene risks.

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    Your plan is so amazing for a shoreline and park that is not safe to swim in. The only thing missing is a water park like downtown for kids and a playground. Also will the parking spaces be reserved for the disabled or expectant moms with kids!

    Is asked 3 months ago

    Hi there, as you mentioned the water quality at this park is not suitable for swimming most of the year, so the park is not being designed or promoted for swimming. In respect of this and the unique waterfront location, there will however be an upland sand beach that provides views of the water but no physical access to the lake. Trying to balance the desire for a water play park and the objective of water conservation, there is a water misting area in the middle of the park that is activated by people (kids) setting off an activator/sensor. There is very limited parking on the site, but there will be accessible parking spaces.

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    This is an exciting project, with so many possibilities. What considerations have been made for accessibility for people with mobility challenges? This is a great opportunity for accessible beach areas and accessible boat launch facilities.

    S Hawes asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for the question! On land, some of the accessibility features include flat concrete pedestrian surfaces, pathway lighting, sidewalk let downs and room for wheelchairs at benches and tables.  On the water, the proposed future pier will provide access/egress opportunity for paddle boat users and the Kelowna Paddle Centre has accessible boating programs and support.

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    I think this is a great idea for Kelowna as we are developing quickly and need more public beach space. I would suggest the city looks at Calis City park in Turkey for design features. Pandosy park should be vibrant and reminiscent of our beautiful city. Maybe art sculptures, crafted shaped bushes, bridges over small ponds a running track. If the city is going to spend the money, make it unique . Something Kelowna can be known for.

    K Watson asked 3 months ago

    The design for the park, like all of our new parks, is done in a way that meets the needs and aspirations of the local community and uses local designers to implement that in a way that reflects the unique attributes of the location and our region. While we do look to examples elsewhere to see what is being done, we believe that this approach is what makes our special parks unique and something Kelowna can be know for. Stuart Park and Bernard Avenue are two recent examples that have done this successfully. We hope you agree.