Beach Party for waterfront walkway

Make a splash at the official opening of the Okanagan Lake waterfront walkway at a Beach Party fundraiser at the SS Sicamous esplanade on Saturday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Penticton's waterfront has always been busy, and it's incredible to see how the enhanced Okanagan Lake waterfront has brought even more people to Lakeshore Drive with a wider, more accommodating walkway,” said Mayor Garry Litke. “We hope everyone can join us for a celebration of Penticton's vibrant waterfront.”

The Beach Party will help you beat the heat with water – including a slip-n-slide into the lake and a water balloon toss along the new walkway.A bouncy castle and crawl zone will be available for the kids, and a hotdog barbecue will be held benefitting the SS Sicamous Society. Sponsor giveaways and refreshments will also be available.

The Okanagan Lake walkway project was designed to enhance the waterfront with a wider walkway (consistenly four metres wide) at road level along Lakeshore Drive. Features of the multi-use path include a cantilevered walkway over the water, high-energy LED lighting, special recycled rubber surface in a treed section, significant number of trees planted and more accessible design features to allow those with mobility aids to access the beach. While the fences came down earlier this year, parking space improvements, landscaping and other finishing touches to the project were completed early this summer.

The project was supported by a $1.2-million contribution from the Government of Canada Gas Tax Fund. The West Okanagan Lake project falls under the Vibrant Penticton banner, which has the vision of “Penticton – a vibrant, innovative, adventurous waterfront City focused on sustainability, community and economic opportunity.” Learn more at www.penticton.ca/waterfront.

July 12, 2014 is also a special date for the waterfront, as it marks the 100th anniversary of the first daily run by the SS Sicamous across Okanagan Lake. Steamfest has been marking the centennial of steam-powered paddle wheeler as well as the long line of transport vessels running up and down the lake. To mark the occasion, Hoodoo Adventures is offering a free Historical Kayak Tour leaving the SS Sicamous at noon. Information on upcoming centennial events will be available, and the public can get a taste of the Steamfest Regatta coming in September that celebrates what Aquatic Days used to be like in the 1900s.