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Kelowna buys lakeshore property for $5.3M to expand park

The City of Kelowna announced in a media release today, Jan. 14, it bought the home at 2302 Abbott St. for $5.3 million to support the future expansion of Strathcona Beach Park.
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January 14, 2021 - 10:44 AM

The City of Kelowna has bought a waterfront property on Abbott Street for $5.3 million with plans to use it to expand a park in the future.

The City announced in a media release today, Jan. 14, it bought the home at 2302 Abbott St. to support the future expansion of Strathcona Beach Park. The 0.9-acre property was purchased from Kelowna resident Walley Lightbody, who has a history of philanthropy with Kelowna’s hospital and heritage communities.

The land was purchased for $5.3 million, which the City said is market value.

The Cape-Cod-style home was built on Okanagan Lake in 1939 by Lightbody’s father-in-law, the late Dr. Walter Anderson, the City said. Anderson went on to contribute to the community as a dedicated physician and philanthropist. 

“I’m pleased to know that this property will be shared with the entire community in the future,” Lightbody said in the release. “Kelowna is such an active city with a strong heritage, and I love living here. I’m happy that this property will contribute to that legacy for future generations.” 

The previous owner will remain onsite as a tenant so public access will be restricted.

For more information about the City’s parks, visit the City's website here.


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