Kelowna will divert $590,000 from three other projects to help pay for a new 310-metre walkway in City Park that will cost close to $1 million.
The new walkway, officially described as a promenade, will replace the existing waterfront walkway the snakes around the lakeshore side of the park.
According to city staff, the new promenade is needed because the base of the existing one is being eroded, the pavement will soon have to be replaced, it is too narrow to accommodate all the people who use it, especially in the summer, and the uneven surface is a problem for both mobility and safety.
The city also wants to cash in on a provincial grant program that is offering as much as $400,000 for the project. Application for the grant must be made by Dec. 28.
Despite the the steep price tag, council approved the plan with little discussion.
The new walkway will be a few metres wider than the existing one and will be located slightly inland from the existing alignment.
It will run from the Hot Sands Beach concession stand to the site of the former Pavilion building, which burned down in the spring.