Waterfront project hits halfway mark

The fences are down and the public is invited back – it's time to use the West Okanagan Lake waterfront again.

Path construction achieved a significant milestone today, with the completion of the first phase of the project, the recycled rubber path and over-the-water walkway east of the Peach.

"Reaching the completion of Phase 1 for the project is incredible, and builds excitement for the full completion this fall," said Acting Mayor Garry Litke. "We are still expecting walkway construction will be completed on time and on budget, which is great news for Penticton residents."

The contract tender to build the walkway required a two-phase construction timeline, with work suspended as of mid-June to ensure walkway and beach access would not be impacted during the busy summer months.

Project elements that have been completed to date include:

  • Modified plaza of pavers around The Peach that shape the realigned walkway.
  • Recycled rubber walkway through the existing trees.
  • Concrete walkway over the water has been constructed and finished.
  • The multi-use path has been built from the Peach to the crosswalk at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Churchill Avenue
  • The plan to maintain two-way traffic and angle parking has been realized.

The walkway has been reopened and the public is welcome to use the path again. Users should be mindful that some segments of the path are not yet complete. Path users are asked to stay out of the small taped-off segments, as the grassed areas need approximately a week to establish. Forms underneath the boardwalk will be removed in one month, and can be done from the water.

The second phase of construction is scheduled to get underway September 3, 2013, with completion slated for mid-November. For more information on what's planned, visit the project webpage.