Parks development funding strategy

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Background

We're working to implement a new approach to funding the development of our future parks over the next 10 years.

A proposed funding strategy identifies how the City will fund parks development so that neighbourhood, community, recreation and linear parks keep pace with Kelowna's population growth.

Until now, the rate of developing parks into useable spaces has not kept up with the City's rate of growth. As a result, there is a growing deficit of developed parks, which is insufficient to serve Kelowna's residents. A funding strategy will help align parkland acquisition with park development.

Cost

The cost to implement this strategy would be about $12.1 million per year over the next 10 years and would be shared between development cost charges, taxation and parks revenues. This is about $9.1 million more per year than our existing budget.

Prioritization and timeline

Prioritizing parks and public spaces aligns with Council's new priorities, the community vision set out through Imagine Kelowna, and the "big moves" guiding development of the updated Official Community Plan.

Parks will be chosen for development based on growth projections, the 10-Year Capital Plan, Servicing Plan, and growth nodes identified in the Official Community Plan. Changes would happen over the next 10 years.

Background

We're working to implement a new approach to funding the development of our future parks over the next 10 years.

A proposed funding strategy identifies how the City will fund parks development so that neighbourhood, community, recreation and linear parks keep pace with Kelowna's population growth.

Until now, the rate of developing parks into useable spaces has not kept up with the City's rate of growth. As a result, there is a growing deficit of developed parks, which is insufficient to serve Kelowna's residents. A funding strategy will help align parkland acquisition with park development.

Cost

The cost to implement this strategy would be about $12.1 million per year over the next 10 years and would be shared between development cost charges, taxation and parks revenues. This is about $9.1 million more per year than our existing budget.

Prioritization and timeline

Prioritizing parks and public spaces aligns with Council's new priorities, the community vision set out through Imagine Kelowna, and the "big moves" guiding development of the updated Official Community Plan.

Parks will be chosen for development based on growth projections, the 10-Year Capital Plan, Servicing Plan, and growth nodes identified in the Official Community Plan. Changes would happen over the next 10 years.

If you have a question about the City is planning to fund future park development, ask it here and we'll get you an answer as soon as possible. 

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Questions and comments

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    When will the long-promised link be built between Strathcona Beach and Royal Ave. Beach?

    Al J2 asked 11 months ago

    Construction of this public waterfront trail is scheduled for the winter, when the water is low.

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    Last year Kelowna consulted with about 4,000 city residents to get input into how our city should evolve. That resulted in "Imagine Kelowna". One statement in that document is: "To increase public access to the lake, the City has been strategically buying select waterfront properties as they become available, turning the foreshore into public land and putting the rest back on the market." Currently (August 2019) there is a large number of waterfront properties for sale - some in strategically important locations next to existing parks - at lower prices than in the recent past. Unfortunately, the city is not doing what it stated that it would do. Will the city resume increasing public access to our lake soon? If so, when and where?

    Al J2 asked 11 months ago

    Yes, the goals of creating great public spaces that bring people together and preserving Okanagan Lake are goals in Imagine Kelowna. In the last several years the City has purchased key waterfront properties including Bluebird Beach and Hobson Road Beach, as well as improved trail access at Poplar Point Beach Access #1 (264 Poplar Point drive). The City is continuously reviewing strategic properties through the City for park purchase, as the budget permits, including waterfront properties.

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    Why is Manhatten park closed and has been closed since 2017? When is it going to open? This is the park on Manhatten Drive & Flitoff ave. Moved downtown specifically for that park. Cheers Ken

    kmack asked 12 months ago

    Thank you for your interest in Manhattan Point. The dock structure at Manhattan Drive was damaged during the 2017 flood event. The insurance claim has not been finalized yet. Once this is done, preparations for reconstruction can be made so the area can once again be open to the public. The timeline is dependent on the insurance claim.