Due to seldom use and increasing safety concerns, the City of West Kelowna must regrettably remove the Horizon Park playground.
Parking at the park is limited and the playground is difficult to find. Safety inspections have determined that the equipment no longer meets Canadian Safety Association standards, posing risks to users. Staff has also received frequent reports of vandalism, including an attempt to light the playground’s plastic slide on fire and the destruction of the barrier than holds in sand around the play structure. After assessing the park, and reviewing the availability of nearby amenities, the City of West Kelowna concluded that it would be best to remove the playground.
The park will be left in a natural state, taking advantage of the existing open space and surrounding trees. Staff will investigate options for future amenities, like benches, for example; and, recommendations will be provided to Council as part of future budget deliberations.
Moonbeam Park and Rose Valley Elementary School are within walking distance of homes in the Horizon neighbourhood; these parks provide excellent family recreational opportunities.