A tugboat from Shoreline Pile Driving tows a 100-metre-long pontoon pier across Okanagan Lake on Tuesday afternoon. Once anchored in place, other sections will be added to the pier, and it will be opened for public use later in September.
Transport of the approximately 100-metre-long pontoon structure was accomplished in about 40 minutes. Over the next few days, it will be anchored in the water near the Sails sculpture at the base of Bernard Avenue.
"Today was a really exciting day for us because the vision we've all seen on paper is finally becoming a reality on the waterfront," Gail Temple of Westcorp, the pier-builder, said Tuesday.
"Be the end of this week, with two more components in place, one of which will be a building, things will really start to change quickly," she said.
Other sections connecting the pier to the shore will be added after the Labour Day weekend. It will be opened for public use later in September.
The original timeline called for the pier to open in May, but Temple said delays in design and engineering work kept pushing the date back.
Once finished, the pier will be six metres wide and include 30 slips for overnight boat moorage, 27 for hourly moorage and 11 slips for rental boats.
Last year, the City of Kelowna granted Edmonton-based Westcorp the right to pay for and build the pier on the public waterfront. The company's interest in the project stems from its eventual plan to build a new hotel nearby.