Parks in West Kelowna are opening now that flooding concerns have rescinded.
The City of West Kelowna has begun removal of flood protection measures from public and private lands.
The following parks, closed due to flooding concerns earlier this year, are now open or opening soon:
Paddlewheeler Park – Pritchard Drive
Pritchard Park – Pritchard Drive
Aberdeen Park – West Bay Road
Casa Loma Dock (opens Thursday, July 20)
Willow Beach – Gellatly Road
Marina Beach – Gellatly Road
Pebble Beach – Whitworth Road
CNR Wharf – Gellatly Road
Rotary Beach – Gellatly Road
Gellatly Landing Park – Gellatly Road
Casa Rio Park – Casa Rio Drive
John Dupuis (Casa Loma) Boat Launch – Casa Loma Road
Gellatly Boat Launch – Gellatly Road
Casa Loma Waterfront Access – Casa Loma Road (south)
The following parks remain closed:
Jennens Park – Jennens Road
Hitchner Park – Jennens Road
Gellatly Walkway – Gellatly Road
Beechnut Park – George Court
Hazelnut Park – Whitworth Road
Heartnut Park – Whitworth Road
Casa Loma Beach Park – Casa Loma Road (north)
Residents will see signage in flood-impacted areas indicating that work is underway or will begin shortly. Crews have been arranged through the regional emergency program in coordination with the City’s Parks Department.
Currently, sandbag removal is being undertaken in the Green Bay, Pritchard Drive and Gellatly Road/Whitworth Road areas of West Kelowna, with work resuming in Casa Loma early next week.
Residents who are undertaking their own sandbag removal on their property can assist by moving their bags to the roadside for pick up and disposal.
Burlap and polypropylene sandbags should be separated, according to a City of West Kelowna release.