The District of West Kelowna and the Gateway development on Brown Road have teamed up to upgrade Springer Park in Westbank Centre.
Mayor Doug Findlater officially opened the park Tuesday, using the opportunity to thank Gateway developer Jamie Cooper for donating $100,000 to improve the park at the corner of Elliott and Bering Roads.
“I am pleased that Gateway came forward in support of council’s vision for a revitalized Westbank Centre. The developer’s contribution has enabled the municipality to breathe new life into a well-used park that was beginning to show its age,” said Findlater.
Improvements to Springer Park include: A new children’s playground with elephant swing, benches, improved landscaping and irrigation, a pathway, upgraded fencing and a washroom building with full utility hookups.
Findlater said the Springer Park project is the latest in a long list of strategic improvements aimed at revitalizing Westbank Centre.
“Construction will soon begin on phase one of Brown Road streetscape improvements, a new RapidBus exchange on Elliott Road and additional upgrades at Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre.
“Council will soon see a final draft of the Memorial Park Plan, which will contain recommendations for improvements; council has identified Westbank Centre as the location for a future, permanent municipal hall.”
Since incorporation, council has implemented other improvements to Westbank Centre, including: Additional sidewalks and pedestrian pathways on Ingram Road, Lower Glenrosa Road over Powers Creek and southern sections of Elliott Road, change rooms and washrooms in Westbank Centre Park, a Kids Care Spray Park, a modern heating and cooling system at JBMAC and cleanups throughout Westbank Centre.
“I look forward to seeing the latest projects completed within the next year or so and working with council to see what revitalization efforts we should invest in next as we reestablish Westbank Centre as the civic, social and cultural heart of our community.”