CNR Wharf Park, West Kelowna, BC, Canada
(Gabe Ross with Golder Associates Ltd.)
Located in the heart of Gellatly Bay on Lake Okanagan the historic CNR wharf has for generations served as a destination for residents and visitors to enjoy jumping into cool waters of the lake. While beloved, the wharf had become unsafe and dilapidated and the Municipality commissioned Golder Associates to undertake a public consultation process to guide a comprehensive redevelopment plan. The concept was sucessfully adopted by Council and Golder prepared detailed design and construction documentation for a new Wharf park that included wharf reconstruction with dive platforms, and ziplines, a swim bay, riparian restoration and beach replenishment. Phase 1 was successfully built in 2014 and received a regional heritage award for the preservation of the historic character of the site. Phase 2 is expected to be built within the next few years.
Images © Fred Schaad Photography