Playgrounds

Enjoy the many benefits that outdoor playgrounds provide. City of Penticton’s playgrounds are designed, constructed, inspected and maintained to meet CSA safety standards. Although built to be safe, there is inherent risk when children challenge their abilities on playground equipment.

Tips for parents, caregivers and supervisors of children using play equipment: 

  • Assess the parks conditions when you arrive – is it slippery or icy, is any of the equipment broken, is there broken glass or other hazards present? Please report any problems or concerns to the Parks Department. (250-490-2500 or  parks@penticton.ca)
  • Recognize age appropriateness – playground structures are designed for two age categories: Ages 18 months to 5 years old; and Ages 5-12. Toddlers may be thrilled at the challenge of trying the ‘big kids’ equipment, but please recognize the risks involved.
  • Ensure proper use of play equipment…play as it was designed to be used.
  • Remove any drawstrings on hoodies or jackets – they are strangulation hazards
  • Dogs must stay on the outside of fenced play areas or kept a minimum of 10 metres away from unfenced playgrounds – for everyone’s safety it is best if dogs are not brought to children’s play areas at all.

Discovery Park at Skaha Lake - 3701 Parkview Street (Skaha Park) 

Discovery Park at Skaha Lake is in line with the “natural playground” movement, which incorporates elements you would find in nature into play equipment. This encourages children to move and use their imagination, fostering physical, cognitive and emotional development.

When park users arrive, they will find a variety of play “equipment”:

  • Boulders sourced from local rock quarries, combined with ropes to create climbing features.
  • Balancing logs were built from trees infested with pine beetle.
  • Musical instruments
  • Earth berm slides   
  • Playhouse and swings
  • Interactive water feature to educate and remind children that water is a valuable and limited resource.

The City of Penticton contributed $30,000 to the project cost, and partnerships cultivated by the South Okanagan Children’s Charity exceeded $70,000.  Discovery Park at Skaha Lake was the South Okanagan Children’s Charity’s seventh Miracle Fund project.

Rotary Playworld - Skaha Park (Cypress Street and Elm Avenue)

Adventure playground ages 2-12, swingset, washrooms, seasonal concession, seasonal splashpad, picnic tables, parking.

Rotary Playworld was originally constructed by the Penticton Rotary Club and City of Penticton in the early 1990’s and quickly became Penticton flagship playground.  In 2009  the play equipment was updated and  included barrier-free accessibility, including new  engineered wood fibre surfacing.

Enjoy all the fun that Skaha Lake Park has to offer. 

Kiwanis Park - 470 Edmonton Avenue

Adventure playground ages 2-12, picnic tables, parking.

Kiwanis Playground was constructed in 2004-05 through the efforts and support of the Kiwanis Club of Penticton and the City of Penticton.  Recently the playground surfacing was upgraded to engineered wood fibre, which meets accessibility standards.

Lions Park - 198 Warren Avenue West

Adventure playground ages 5-12, swingset, seasonal washrooms (Spring-Fall), seasonal concession, lawn, picnic tables, parking.

Lions Playground was constructed in 2002 through the efforts and support of the Penticton Lions Club and the City of Penticton.  The Penticton BMX track is also at this site.

Dunant Neighbourhood Park - 186 Dunant Place

Small playground ages 5-12, swingset, lawn, picnic tables, no washrooms.

A small neighbourhood park primarily used by nearby residents, Dunant was re-constructed in 2000 through the efforts and support of the Penticton Okanagan Rotary Club, the City of Penticton and the Friends of Dunant Park Committee.

Granby Neighbourhood Park - 90 Granby Avenue

Small playground ages 5-12, swingset, lawn, picnic tables, no washrooms.

A small neighbourhood park primarily used by nearby residents, Granby was re-constructed in 2002 through the efforts and support of the Penticton Okanagan Rotary Club, the City of Penticton and the Granby Neighbourhood Park Committee.

Lakawanna Playground - 796 Lakeshore Drive West

Adventure playground ages 5-12, swingset, splashpad (May-Sept), washrooms, seasonal concession, lawn, picnic tables, parking.

Located across from Okanagan Beach, Lakawanna playground was constructed in 2002 through the efforts and support of the Miracle Fund, Penticton Rotary Club and the City of Penticton. Recently the playground surfacing was upgraded to engineered wood fibre, which meets accessibility standards.

Also enjoy the small splashpad which operates 10am-8pm daily from the May long weekend until late September.

Sendero Park - 2047 Lawrence Avenue

Small playground, climbing rock, swingset, picnic table, and benches.  No washroom facilities available.