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West Kelowna names parks

Assigning names to 14 previously unnamed parks and lake accesses was no walk in the park for the District of West Kelowna.

The long range planning, recreation and operations departments worked together on the parks naming activity, while inviting the participation of all district staff.

In the end, over 100 possible names were considered before staff came up with its final 14 proposals.

“We recently adopted a parks naming policy (on) Oct. 25, 2011. The policy outlines the suggested protocol for naming parks within our community,” said Nancy Henderson, director of development services for the District of West Kelowna.

“At that meeting, council also directed staff to come up with proposed park names for unnamed parks in our community, in accordance with the policy.”

At a Nov. 8, 2011 council meeting, a Westside Residents and Business Association delegate suggested that council consider naming lake accesses in the Whitworth Drive area in recognition of Stew Tuningley and Tom Howe; however, that suggestion was not consistent with the parks naming policy.

As an alternative, council opted to change the name of the previous Westbank Community Park to Memorial Park, in order to give special people within the community the opportunity to be honoured through plaques, cenotaphs or other park furnishings.

The new park names are listed below.

Parks:

2511 Paramount Drive will become Paramount Park.

Lot 2, KAP85028, DL5058 will become Majoros Pond Park

Westbank Town Centre Park will become Westbank Centre Park

Westbank Community Park will become Memorial Park

Lake accesses:

Whitworth Road Lake Access No. 2 will become Hazelnut Park

Whitworth Road Lake Access No. 3 will become Heartnut Park

George Court Lake Access will become Beachnut Park

Gellatly Lake Access will become Gellatly Landing Park

Jennens Road Lake Access will become Jennens Park

Hitchner Road Lake Access will become Hitchner Park

Pritchard Drive Lake Access No. 1 will become Paddlewheeler Park

Pritchard Drive Lake Access No. 2 will become Sternwheeler Park

Green Bay Lake Access No. 5 will become Osprey Park

Green Bay Lake Access No. 2 will become Falcon Park

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

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