September 26, 2013 - 8:30 AM
KELOWNA - With the final piece of a five million dollar marina now in place, Okanagan Lake has its first floating public pier.
It won't officially open for business until May 2014 but moorage will be free of charge for the rest of the fall season. It features a boardwalk, three small cabins, a seating pavillion and boat slips for temporary daytime and overnight moorage.
Westcorp Properties Inc. spokesperson Gail Temple says in the meantime it can still be enjoyed as "a new walking destination in the downtown."
The L-shaped segment of the 400 foot pier was floated into the downtown waterfront, beside the new commercial pier extending from Kerry Park, also built by Westcorp.
On Friday local residents are invited to take a stroll down the new pier at an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. The first 500 to show up will be treated to a free barbeque.
Later on the pier will turn into a stage for Kelowna's Culture Days street party along Bernard Avenue, featuring local artists, musicians, performers and food trucks.
“Right from its opening the Downtown Marina will contribute to creating an active and festive atmosphere downtown for residents and visitors,” Temple says.
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