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Beach party anyone?

A beach party will mark the official opening of the Okanagan Lake waterfront walkway in Penticton on Saturday, July 12.

The fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SS Sicamous esplanade.

"Penticton's waterfront has always been busy, and it's incredible to see how the enhanced Okanagan Lake waterfront has brought even more people to Lakeshore Drive with a wider, more accommodating walkway," said Mayor Garry Litke. "We hope everyone can join us for a celebration of Penticton's vibrant waterfront."

The event will include a slip-n-slide into the lake and a water balloon toss along the new walkway. A bouncy castle and crawl zone will be available for the kids, and a hotdog barbecue will be held benefiting the SS Sicamous Society.

Sponsor giveaways and refreshments will also be available.

The walkway project was designed to enhance the waterfront with a wider walkway, (consistently four meters wide) at road level along Lakeshore Drive.

Features of the multi-use path include a cantilevered walkway over the water, high energy LED lighting, a recycled rubber surface in a treed section, a significant number of trees planted and more accessible design features to allow those with mobility aids to access the beach.

The project was supported by a $1.2 million contribution from the Government of Canada Gas Tax Fund. The project falls under the Vibrant Penticton banner.

July 12 is also a special date for the waterfront, because it marks the 100th anniversary of the first daily run by the SS Sicamous across Okanagan Lake.

To mark the occasion, Hoodoo Adventures is offering a free historical kayak tour, leaving the SS Sicamous at noon.

Information on upcoming centennial events will also be available.

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