Council members and some city staff celebrated the opening of Penticton's newest park area on the Okanagan Lake waterfront on Thursday.
The Marina Way Lookout, east of the art gallery, offers a restored ecological habitat and the opportunity to learn more about a piece of the city's history.
"The project is another achievement in council's waterfront enhancement strategic priority," said Deputy Mayor Helena Konanz. "Residents and visitors can now enjoy more green space and a tranquil place for people to enjoy the Okanagan Lake view."
The project vision was to transform an abandoned peninsula formerly used as a Canadian National Railway loading dock into a naturalized park area that restores Okanagan Lake riparian habitat, improves urban forest and enhances the environment.
Originally constructed in 1925, the former dock was used by CNR to transport fruit and assorted goods from the lakeshore packing houses, which were loaded onto railcars, pulled to a loading dock by a truck and eventually loaded onto barges for transportation up Okanagan Lake.