New beach park planned

The City of Kelowna has purchased waterfront property at the mouth of Mission Creek and plans to create a new park there.

In a video uploaded to the city's YouTube page, Mayor Tom Dyas announced the Truswell family's recent purchase of the 1.8-acre property at 3896 Truswell Road.

Dyas says the city plans to “create a destination beach park that links Mission Creek Greenway with Waterfront Walkway.”

He did not reveal how much the city paid for the property.

“In many ways, this property has shaped the surrounding area. Its position at the mouth of the creek influenced local agricultural development and nearly 80 years ago the Truswell family, who recently sold the property to the city, planted willow trees, which most likely planted many of the trees around the lake today,” Dyas said.

“It’s an important step toward ensuring Kelowna’s beautiful waterfront can be enjoyed by everyone for generations to come.”

The area, known colloquially as “Secret Beach”, has been accessible for years via a path accessed from Truswell Road. But last October, the city closed access to the area, installing a fence along the way.

It's unclear when the city plans to open the new park to the public.

Kelowna Director of Partnerships and Investments Dereck Edstrom says the property will be useful for more than just recreation.

“A city-owned control and access point will be invaluable for flood protection, sediment control planning and habitat restoration activities in the area,” Edstrom said.

“The parcel is a cornerstone in the city's plan to create a series of destination beach parks that are linked together by an uninterrupted chain of paths and canals.”



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