West Okanagan Lake Waterfront
West Okanagan Lake is considered the crown jewel for the community's waterfront. One large-scale project just completed polishes up that gem - the reconstructed walkway from the Peach to the SS Sicamous.The wider walkway along Lakeshore Drive serves as a multi-use path. The next step in waterfront revitalization is considering what to do with the two public spaces that book-end the walkway - the SS Sicamous and The Peach/Rotary Park.
SS Sicamous Master Plan
Council endorsed the SS Sicamous master plan [PDF - 13 MB] in April 2015 and adopted bylaw changes that would incorporate the SS Sicamous vision into the Official Community Plan. The SS Sicamous master plan was created through months of public engagement and stakeholder consultation, and articulates the vision of the area based on an engaged planning process. An economic investment zone (EIZ) program is also being considered for the area, to encourage private investment that would support activity in the SS Sicamous area.
Design of the first phase is underway to help provide information to put forward in the 2016 budget for construction. This includes design considerations for improved entrance to the park, a path and boardwalk feature, limited day moorage as approved in the master plan, potential erosion control measures, design theme options and preservation of swimming and kayak/canoe launch areas. You can attend the 2 public information sessions (Sept. 26 at Saturday Market or Oct. 3 at Cherry Lane Mall 9:30 am - 1 pm) or provide input online:
- Review design concepts [PDF - 10.6 MB]
- Tell us your thoughts - complete the online survey today Deadline is Oct. 16
Peach Plaza and Rotary Park walkway
The reconstruction of the walkway from The Peach to Kiwanis Pier happened this spring, building on the success of the 2013 project that officially opened last year.
Reconstruction involved building a three-metre wide walkway from The Peach to the north end of Rotary Park started in March. The project continued walkway work started in 2013 along Lakeshore Drive, constructing a 3-metre (10-foot) wide concrete walkway with energy-efficient lighting, additional seating and landscaping designed for goose management. The area surrounding The Romp sculpture has become a landscaping feature along the walkway. Event organizers will be able to offer more amenities in the area with built-in vendor power, and festive banners continue along the walkway.
A new concrete Peach Plaza area features intersecting arcs and concentric circles to highlight Penticton’s signature landmark. Signage and amenities were also added.
One of the last pieces of the walkway path project will involve revitalization of the walkway from the Martin Street extension to the Kiwanis Pier, including a reimagining of the Kiwanis Pier Park space. Detailed design work is currently underway.