Stuart Park in downtown Kelowna in running for best public space award

KELOWNA - Stuart Park in downtown Kelowna is well known to locals as a great place to visit and now the park is being featured on a wider stage as a finalist for a 'great public space' award.

With the addition of the former Kelowna Yacht Club site this summer, Stuart Park is now complete. It began to take shape in 1996 when the municipal council of the day purchased the old federal courthouse situated on the shore of Okanagan Lake.

A centrepiece of the downtown revitalization plan, Stuart Park has become a year-round activtiy centre with the opening of the winter ice rink in addition to events in the other three seasons.

The park is one of seven finalists from across Canada for the the Canadian Intistute of Planners award, including regional competition from Grizzly Plaza in Revelstoke and Pemberton’s Downtown Community Barn.

Jury selection of the grand prize winner will be announced Nov. 4 in conjunction with World Planning Day. The people’s choice award, based on the number of online votes each location received, will be announced the same day.

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