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Concept plan for redevelopment of Kelowna's City Park seeking participants

Want to have a say on how Kelowna's venerable City Park will look in the future?

The city will host a community workshop to help refine its City Park concept plan June 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Coast Capri Hotel.

And the workshop is looking for participants.

City planner Pat McCormick said about 5 people will be selected from names submitted for the workshop between now and June 18. A random draw of names will be made June 20.

Kelowna residents are invited to take part in shaping the downtown’s signature waterfront park by registerings:

• online at kelowna.ca/mycitypark

• by email at pmccormick@kelowna.ca

• by phone at 250-469-8605

With the decision to remove a proposed visitor centre that was to go in the park from the original concept plan, further community input is being sought to reconsider how space in the park can be organized to attract and benefit park users and guide future investments in the park.

“The workshop will build on the community input that has been received to date and is intended to refine the earlier version of the plan that included the visitor centre., said McCormick.

The centre is now being proposed for the foot of Queensway.

Speaking about the planned workshop, McCormick said it will be a "hands-on" exercise, with attendees participating in small groups to discuss the future for the park

“Facilitators will assist each group. The aim is to generate a preferred plan and bring it forward to council for consideration sometime in the fall.”

The overall redevelopment of the park is expected to take as long as 20 years, depending on city finances for the project.

 

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