The path well travelled

The waterfront path in City Park is the busiest public walkway in Kelowna, as suggested by this typical day in May. Parts of it, currently in poor shape, will be rebuilt and widened next year.

The dilapidated beachfront walkway in Kelowna’s City Park will be rebuilt in the next few years.

Work will begin in 2020 with a new section of the promenade, the most heavily used public path in Kelowna, from the beach-side washrooms to the park’s northwest corner.

“The primary walkway through City Park is in a poor state of repair due to settlement and tree roots,” as well as high water caused by flooding in the spring of 2017, reads part of the city’s 2020 provisional budget.

As well as a substandard walkway, the sandy beach itself is experiencing ongoing erosion. Both issues are to be addressed by a capital project, which will take about a year to complete.

The work includes a wider walkway to better separate pedestrians, cyclists and users of motorized devices like scooters. Also included are lights to encourage nighttime use of the park, new benches and other landscaping improvements.

In 2024, the city plans to rebuild the section of the walkway that runs from the park’s northwest corner to the Sails sculpture at the base of Bernard Avenue.

Other significant parks capital projects contained in the budget, to be reviewed by council at a daylong meeting set for Thursday, include:

— expansion of Sarson’s Beach in the Mission

— initial development of a long-planned waterfront park in the South Pandosy neighbourhood with the demolition of city-owned lakeshore homes, development of a central plaza and planting of new lawns

— the third and final phase of development at Rowcliffe Park at Central Green

— construction of washrooms, an event stage, basketball court and walking paths at Rutland Centennial Park

— replacement of the irrigation system at the city-owned cemetery.

Overall, the 2020 city budget calls for a municipal tax increase of 3.9%. If approved as is by council, the owner of a typical single-family home in Kelowna would see his or her municipal taxes rise $81, from $2,072 to $2,153.