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Kelowna slowly reopening beaches and boat launches

FILE PHOTO - Gyro beach, Kelowna.
July 07, 2017 - 5:30 PM

KELOWNA - With temperatures rising and lake levels going down, Kelowna seems to be slowly returning to its usual summer state with more beaches and boat launches opening this weekend.

If you’re looking for a place to launch your boat, there are three locations in Kelowna that are open. The Cook Road boat launch, Water Street boat launch and Cedar Creek boat launch will all be open throughout the weekend. However, the one at Cedar Creek is quite small and therefore only suitable for launching smaller boats.

As far as waterparks go, City Park Waterpark remains closed due to damage to the mechanical and electrical system. However, Ben Lee Waterpark is open and has extended hours to make up for the closures. Quilchena Splash Park is also open.

Beaches are progressively expected to reopen as flooding measures come down, but for now, six beaches in the city are open for use. Downtown there is the north end of City Park, Tugboat Beach at Waterfront Park, and Paul’s Tomb and Lochview Trail at Knox Mountain Park. Heading towards the mission area, Boyce-Gyro Beach Park, Sarsons Beach Park and Cedar Creek Park are all open.

The biggest change this weekend will be the fact lighting along the City Park promenade will be back on. The last few weeks the park has closed at dusk due to no lighting, but this weekend it will return to its regular 11 p.m. closure.

Additionally, the interior roads and parking lots at City Park will reopen over the next week, and the tunnel under the William R. Bennett bridge is now open. The pedestrian bridge south of the bridge remains closed.

Click here to stay updated on the status of Kelowna parks and beaches.

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