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Downtown waterfront promenade re-opens this weekend

Friday, March 26th, 2010 | 4:20 pm

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The waterfront walkway through Stuart Park will open Saturday afternoon, just in time for the strolling season.

The promenade between The Kelowna Yacht Club and Queensway Avenue has undergone extensive changes since it was closed for construction last August.

“Along with the rebuilt promenade, a lot of the time was spent on extensive changes to the shoreline which now connects the lake to the park in a more natural way,” said Andrew Gibbs, park and public space projects manager.

As work at Stuart Park progresses toward its planned opening this June, the walkway might close temporarily to accommodate occasional construction demands.

The park will feature a civic plaza that serves as an open space in summer and an ice rink in winter. The concrete surface that will serve as the ice slab was successfully tested and will be ready for skaters when the cold weather returns.

Included in this phase of Stuart Park is a promontory, or large mound, that will be the setting for a large bear sculpture, as well as offer access to a performance platform and panoramic views of Okanagan Lake. An entrance arch and an urban grove are other features of the park.

For a complete description of Stuart Park, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

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