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Making a splash for cash

An aquatic park could soon be floating on Okanagan Lake near City Park.

On Monday, City Council will review a proposal by Kelowna Wibit to install the water activity park adjacent to the old aquatic center.

The water park concept, which, according to a staff report, has been successfully implemented in similar lake settings, would consist of interlocking inflatable modules.

Up to 60 people could utilize the park at any one time.

If endorsed by council the aquatic park would operate from May 15 to Sept 15 each year with daily hours expected from approximately 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Fees are expected in the range of about $25 per person for a one-day pass.

According to a staff report the company has made provisions to ensure life safety measures are met.

All staff will be required to have a first aid certificate, a minimum of two lifeguards will be on site at all times and participants will be required to wear properly fitting life jackets.

The city is proposing a three-year contract with two additional one-year options.

Kelowna Wibit would pay the city $8,000 (pro rated) in the first year increasing by $1,000 each year for a total of $27,000 over the three-year agreement.

Should the two options be exercised the City would see revenues of approximately $50,000.



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