Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray cuts the ribbon to open the new $5.1 public pier and marina on the city's downtown lakefront (left) Friday afternoon

Kelowna’s new pier and marina open

Public walking pier and temporary-use marina have been amenities the city has long awaited says mayor.

The latest addition to downtown Kelowna’s new look has been officially opened to the public.

The long-awaited new $5.1 million public pier and temporary-use marina was opened Friday afternoon, with close to 150 invited guests gathered on the 350-foot-long pier to watch Mayor Walter Gray cut a ribbon.

He was jointed by Phil Milroy, whose Edmonton-based development company Westcorp built the pier and will maintain it while operating the atached marina through a contractor. It also built and operates the nearby commercial dock, both of which are located at the foot of Bernard Avenue.

The new temporar-use marina has 68 boat slips, 27 of which are for hourly andday use, with the rest available for overnight moorage. It has a gas bar and a ticket building for the tour boats that use the nearby commercial dock and a sheltered viewing structure.

While the pier and marina were originally supposed to be finished by the end of May, Gray and his son Dallas, who is president of the Downtown Kelowna Association, both said the wait was worth it.

The mayor said a public pier was somehting Kelowna has wanted for many years and to have a private developer pay for such a public amenity was a win-win for the city and residents.

Westcorp, which wants to built a hotel on land it owns nearby at Mill Street and Queensway, will incorporate the new pier and marina into its eventual plan, said Milroy.

The public was given its first chance to walk on the new pier later in the afternoon when it was opened in conjunction with the city’s Culture Days event going on downtown Friday and over the weekend.

The pier and marina are just the latest additions to the changing face of downtown Kelowna, with the revitalization of the main street, Bernard Avenue, consrtuction of a new Kelowna Yacht Club under way, and expansion of Jim Stuart Park planned as well as Westcorp’s plan for its boutique hotel that will include more public space.

Just Posted

Kelowna DJs organize own shows to fill gap in music scene

The DJs wanted to create somewhere people could enjoy their music safely

Rediscover Rutland: There’s never a dull moment in the neighbourhood

Laurel D’Andrea, with URBA, is sharing a few upcoming events

Kelowna budget carryovers won’t add to taxation demand

Council’s carryover budget requests will advance work for the city

Warm temperatures here to stay in Kelowna

Spring has finally sprung in the Central Okanagan

Kelowna welcomes building permit applications for “earth homes”

Kelowna welcomes carriage and container “earth homes” when mandatory inspections are completed

Defiant vigil starts healing in New Zealand after massacre

Police say the gunman in the shooting that killed 50 acted alone

Horvat scores 16 seconds into OT as Canucks beat Blackhawks 3-2

Pettersson sets rookie scoring record for Vancouver

No injuries, pollution in Vancouver Harbour ship collision: Transport Canada

Transportation Safety Board says it has deployed a team of investigators look into the incident

Budget 2019: Five things to watch for in the Liberals’ final fiscal blueprint

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will release the Trudeau government’s final budget on Tuesday

New concussion guidelines launched for Canada’s Olympians, Paralympians

The guidelines will be in effect at this summer’s Pan American, Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru

In Photos: Classic snowmobiles pushed to their limits in fun races

The Burner in Malakwa served as the venue for races show cases older sleds

Alphonso Davies doubtful for Canada game against French Guiana in Vancouver

Canada will be without injured captain Scott Arfield and veteran Will Johnson

Okanagan organization helps provide water for all in Nepal

Presentation shares success of project at Okanagan Science Centre March 27

Most Read