Parking at a premium during Center of Gravity festival

The annual music and sports festival centered in City Park is expected to draw thousands July 24 to 26.

Kelowna city hall says public access to City Park downtown will be restricted between July 24 and 26 to accommodate this year’s Center of Gravity festival.

In additional to the park access, other closures and restrictions will be in place during the event in the area of the park as well. They include:

• The beach volleyball courts, basketball court, sports field and a portion of Hot Sands Beach at City Park will be closed July 22 to July 28.

• The City Park lakefront promenade (south end) will be closed to the public on the portion within the event grounds from July 22 to July 27. Pedestrians are asked to detour around the event using the walkway which runs from the park tunnel, along the south end of the park to Abbott Street. The pedestrian tunnel will remain open.

• City Park parking lot will be partially closed July 21 and 28 and fully closed July 22 to 27

The public washrooms, water park, skateboard park, tennis courts and a portion of Hot Sands Beach will remain open and accessible to the public during the festival.

Festival concerts are scheduled to end nightly at 11 p.m.

Meanwhile, street parking on Abbott Street, between Bernard and Leon Avenues will be restricted on the west side of Abbott Street from July 24 to 26 to accommodate tour and shuttle bus service for the event.

Abbott Street, between Bernard and Leon Avenues, and Bernard Avenue, between Abbott and Water Streets, will be closed nightly July 24 to 26 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. to accommodate ticket holders exiting City Park.

The city says the RCMP will be on site to manage traffic flow.

There will also be parking restrictions in the Abbott Street neighbourhood

Twenty-four hour on-street parking restrictions will be implemented in the area bordered by Highway 97, Park Avenue, Water Street and the lake), as well as Knox Crescent and all of Beach Avenue starting July 23 and running until July 27.

On street parking will be available to resident and visitor parking permit holders only.

Ticket and towing will be enforced during this time period, warns city hall.

Shuttle bus service will be available for festival ticket holders with stops along Highway 97 at major hotel areas.

BC Transit service may result in minor disruptions and traffic delays may occur due to road closures. Motorists are advised to plan ahead to avoid delay.

For more information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit

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