No lifeguards for upgraded CNR Wharf

The first phase of upgrades to CNR Wharf will include a diving platform, slide and water zipline, but it won't include lifeguards.

The first phase of upgrades to CNR Wharf will include a springboard, diving platform, slide and water zipline, but it won’t include lifeguards.

West Kelowna council discussed CNR Wharf first phase design considerations at its meeting Tuesday.

Previously, council had asked staff to bring back information regarding the costs associated with providing lifeguards.

If the district were to include lifeguard supervision, it would likely come at an annual cost of $70,000, plus a capital cost of $25,000 to accommodate lifesaving equipment, explained director of development services Nancy Henderson.

One of the reasons for the consideration of lifeguards was due to an initially proposed five-metre high diving platform.

The Lifesaving Society of BC suggests any diving platform over three metres should only be open for use when a lifeguard is on duty.

“The chance of risk and injury increases exponentially when you’re getting into that type of height,” said Henderson.

Council voted to remove the five-metre diving platform from the scope of the design; there will still be a three-metre platform constructed.

Instead, council may consider a Parks Ambassador Program in the future, which is currently a service provided by the City of Kelowna. Park ambassadors are summer student positions that involve keeping the beaches clean, educating park users on existing bylaws and promoting public safety.

Council initially budgeted $543,000 for the first phase of upgrades; however, the budget was increased by $104,950 Tuesday due to an unanticipated cost of drilling the pilings into bedrock.

“The sediment above the bedrock is not sufficient enough to use standard piling techniques,” said Henderson.

The second phase of improvements is expected to cost $1.5 million and will include an entry plaza with signage, seating, a refreshment kiosk, bike parking, formalized planting areas and a boardwalk connection.

The phase one project will go out for tender this fall with a construction completion date of spring 2014.

Twitter: @PatersonWade


Just Posted

Demolish it or we will Kelowna tells owners of derelict former motel

Former Ponderosa Motel is unsafe and used by squatters, drug users and the homeless says city

Opening a pot shop in Kelowna will be costly

City to charge a total of $10,500 just to apply and get rezoning for a store

Kelowna rapper, Mr. Wisdom addresses the opioid crisis with his music

The musician says he has lost at least 25 of his friends to date

Canadian rapper, Cadence Weapon was born with hip-hop in his veins

The rapper will perform in Kelowna on Oct. 5

Okanagan College business program compounds opportunites for finance students

The college has recieved Chartered Financial Analysist credentials for finance students

Weekday weather update

A look at your Okanagan-Shuswap weekday weather for Sept. 24

Two B.C. police departments won’t use new roadside saliva test to detect pot

The Dräger DrugTest 5000 is designed to find THC, the high-inducing part of marijuana

Canada aiming for the moon, and beyond, with new space technology efforts

With an eye on future lunar exploration, Canada’s space agency is calling on companies to present their ideas for everything from moon-rover power systems to innovative mineral prospecting techniques.

New Brunswick Premier meets with lieutenant-governor as Tories, Liberals vie for power

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said the only other leader he had spoken with since results came in was Green Leader David Coon.

Trudeau looks to restart Canada’s UN charm offensive in New York City

Freeland says the question of job retraining in the 21st century — and the uncertainty that surrounds it — is the federal government’s central preoccupation.

Calgary mayor seeks person who leaked details of closed-door Olympic meeting

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he will ask the city’s integrity commissioner to investigate a leak of details from an in-camera council meeting.

B.C. MP Cannings spared brunt of Ottawa tornadoes

MP Richard Cannings was spared the impact of the tornadoes that hit the Ottawa region

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

B.C. pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Most Read