The boat fuelling station in Kerry Park will remain closed as the city issues a Request for Proposals this summer for a new on-water marina for the downtown waterfront.
A fuel spill on the beach in Kerry Park last summer required immediate mop-up and repair efforts, with more work at the site planned this year.
City staff have been working with an environmental consultant to develop a cleanup plan for the remaining fuel in the soil at Kerry Park.
In preparation for this work, staff instructed the operator of the refueling station to remove his underground fuel storage tank.
The City of Kelowna had a licence of occupation in 2002 with the numbered company 381713 BC Ltd. for the operation of a Marina Concession at Queensway Avenue, commonly known as the Kelowna Marina.
The licence had been renewed on a year-to-year basis due to the uncertainty of the development along Kelowna’s waterfront.
The licence was not renewed for 2011 and as a result there will be no fuel or boat rentals at the Kerry Park location.
In discussions about how to proceed with a new boating facility, Kelowna city council has expressed a desire for improved amenities along the downtown waterfront.
These include improved quality of on-water structures, public day moorage, boat fuel sales in a more environmentally sensitive and technologically advanced manner, and boat rentals
To achieve council’s objectives, city staff will issue a Request for Proposals this summer that will detail the requirements for a new on-water marina. If a suitable proposal is made and accepted, the city will purchase and install an underground fuel storage tank with appropriate leak detection systems.
In September, the city will temporarily close the north end of Kerry Park to complete remaining soil remediation that is required.
On-water fuel sales are available at Shelter Bay Marina on the southwest side of the bridge or at the Eldorado Marina on Lakeshore Road.