The new face of Kelowna's waterfront
Jun 24, 2012 / 11:00 am
The long awaited downtown marina in Kelowna took another step forward Saturday, when the public was given an up close look at what Westcorp Properties has planned.
It was over 15 years ago when the idea of a public pier on the downtown waterfront was first floated, but it took until last March before Westcorp was selected by the City of Kelowna to design and build the facility.
They hosted an open house at Kerry Park on June 23, to give the public a chance to review the design plans and ask questions of the design team.
Westcorp expects construction to begin next winter and continue through spring of 2013, with a grand opening planned for May.
The wheelchair accessible pier will include a 4,000 square foot public viewing deck at the end of the pier, temporary moorage for 45 pleasure boats including 27 for the public and new moorage for seven commercial vessels.
The plan also calls for boat and sea-doo rentals, fuel services, as well as a concession building and power, water and sanitary services for each of the seven commercial slips
Westcorp says "the floating pier is designed to attract people to walk along its length and linger, enjoying the views of the water and the hills beyond. Seating benches, the large viewing area and the generous width of the pier make it easily accessible and enjoyable for a large number of people to enjoy at the same time. It will be a truly distinct public amenity in the downtown core."
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