An open house will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at downtown Kelowna's new pier and marina to celebrate their opening.
On Friday, the builder and the city are holding an open house to celebrate the opening of the pier, a key component in the revitalization of Kelowna's downtown, and a marina.
From 2 to 6 p.m., Kelowna residents and visitors can tour the new pier, at the foot of Bernard Avenue near the Sails.
Westcorp is holding a free barbecue and offering hotdogs, hamburgers and refreshments for the first 500 people. People can enjoy grassroots entertainment and enter to win prizes including a full-day boat rental for next season, parasailing and a dinner cruise.
The pier will remain open until 10 p.m. as part of the inaugural Culture Crawl Kelowna, a street party along Bernard featuring artists, musicians, street performers and food trucks. Culture Crawl is part of Culture Days, an annual three-day national celebration promoting art and cultural events across Canada.
"We are thrilled to be a participant in the evolution of Kelowna's downtown," said Phil Milroy, president and CEO of Westcorp. "We are committed to supporting the vision for a vibrant, attractive and inviting downtown Kelowna core, and believe the downtown marina will play a pivotal role in creating a new waterfront gateway."
It's the first public pier of its kind on Okanagan Lake. Boaters will be able to access Kelowna's downtown core to shop and dine while pedestrians will be able to stroll along the pier and sit at the many benches. Currently, only hotels and restaurants offer a place to park boats downtown. For the opening weekend, moorage at the new marina will be free of charge on a first-come first-served basis.
"It's a great opportunity to hold the open house just before Culture Days kicks off and to participate in the Culture Crawl as, right from its opening, the Downtown Marina will contribute to creating an active and festive atmosphere downtown for residents and visitors," said Gail Temple, Westcorp's director of development.