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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    Will dogs be allowed?

    Debby H1 asked 5 days 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 4 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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.

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    Could you please clarify what "temporary parking" means? Will there be any public parking, or will the park purely be reserved for pedestrian traffic only?

    Bill asked 6 days ago

    There will be two public parking lots with terminal meters and on-street parking available.  Accessible parking will be available within the lots.

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    Are there public washrooms included?

    Brennie asked 4 days ago

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

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    What are the design features of the Paddle Centre?

    Paul asked 3 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 3 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 3 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.