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

    Jim Meyer asked about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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 about 2 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. 

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    What is happening to 370 Meikle and 3091 Walnut? It looks like the street access / driveways for those 2 houses are being cut off. How are the owners going to access their properties / driveways?

    Jim M asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Jim,

    These two properties have legal access to their properties from the frontage along Walnut and Abbott Streets respectively.  Historically, the occupants have created secondary driveway accesses from Cedar Avenue into their properties.  The City will work with the affected properties to restore original driveway accesses.

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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 about 1 month 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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    Will dogs be allowed in the park? Will dogs be allowed on the beach? Will dogs be allowed to play fetch and train off leash in empty green spaces? Dogs need a place to run in this area so dog owners don't have to drive everyday to exercise their dogs.

    trvon- asked about 2 months ago

    Hi trvon, thank you for your question. Dogs will be allowed on-leash in the park. 

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    If the goal is to promote pedestrian and green focus, will there be bike lockups located at the park. There is a lack of bike racks/lockups at all Kelowna parks (Gyro/Rotary etc.)

    DaveB asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Dave, thanks for asking. Yes, there will be an area to lock up bikes.

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    I like the concept, but I can see an issue rising with parking. The temporary area (13) and the future shared parking area (21) seems not sufficient enough to me.

    owna asked 2 months ago

    Hi Owna, we appreciate your question.

    You are correct, the parking lots shown on the plan will not be big enough to accommodate all people wanting to park at the park during the busiest days of the year. This is deliberate. The parking lots in our parks are never designed have enough capacity for peak use, for two reasons:  

    • Waterfront land is expensive and parking lots that remain near empty for most of the year are not the highest and best use of high value public land.  
    • As it evolves the South Pandosy neighbourhood is becoming more pedestrian focused, placing more importance on the ability to provide waterfront and green space that is accessible via active transportation cooridors that encourage the use of active transportation choices over vehicles. 


    Please know that in addition to the two parking  lots shown, where possible there will also be on-street parking.