The stretch of beach now closed just south of the Bennett Bridge, last week following the May 23 windstorm.—Image credit: Alistair Waters/Capital News.

Flooding closes more beaches in Kelowna

The latest stretch of beach closed by the city is just south of the Bennett Bridge.

The city of Kelowna says access to the stretch of beach from Lake Avenue to Burne Avenue south side of the William Bennett Bridge is now closed in the interest of public safety due to ongoing flooding concerns.

The temporary closures include the previously announced Lake Avenue beach access, including the pedestrian bridge, as well as beach access points at McTavish Avenue, Vimy Avenue, Beach Avenue and Burne Avenue. The closures will be in effect until flood waters subside and crews are able to remove flood barriers from the area.

The latest closures are in addition to the following parks and beach access that are closed due to flooding in the area or to protect flood measures in place:

· Manhattan Point beach access

· City Park Waterpark

· Francis Avenue beach access

· Maude Roxby Bird Sanctuary

· Trail access from Okanagan Lake to Cascia Linear Park

The following parks remain open to the public, but the beach areas are closed to protect flood measures in place along the waterfront:

· Sutherland Park including the shoreline along Poplar Point Drive

· Waterfront Park

· City Park

· Strathcona Park

· Kinsmen Park

· Rotary Beach Park

The city says those looking for an open city beach should visit Boyce-Gyro Beach Park. Residents and visitors are also encouraged to use the parks and beaches Map at kelowna.ca/parks to explore new parks around the city.

For more information on parks and beaches, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

For more information about flooding, visit cordemergency.ca.

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