La­goon fix in works

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN - By RON SEY­MOUR

Re­pairs to a leaky la­goon sys­tem in Wa­ter­front Park will be fin­ished soon.

The vinyl un­der­lay is be­ing re­placed in a project that started about two weeks ago.

“The un­der­lay had a few tears in it, so we’ve just taken ad­van­tage of this time to re­place it,” said Ja­son Guyitt, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions at the Delta Grand ho­tel.

“We ex­pect the project will done in the next two weeks, so the la­goons will be back up and run­ning in time for the May long week­end,” Guyitt said.

Wa­ter­front Park, de­vel­oped in the early 1990s at a cost of $6 mil­lion, was built by in­fill­ing about five acres of Okana­gan Lake to cre­ate a to­tal park area of about 25 acres.

The three-acre la­goon sys­tem sits above the el­e­va­tion of the lake, with boat ac­cess through a lock on the wa­ter­front.

A three-party agree­ment was struck to main­tain the park. The grassy ar­eas, beach, is­land stage, and wash­rooms, are the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the City of Kelowna.

The plaza at the Wa­ter Street en­trance to the park, along with the Dol­phins pub­lic art sculp­ture, are the re­spon­si­bil­ity of a strata coun­cil rep­re­sent­ing res­i­dents of nearby high­rises.

Main­te­nance of the la­goons and dock rests with the Delta Grand. The an­nual costs of op­er­at­ing and main­tain­ing the wa­ter fea­tures in Wa­ter­front Park were $180,000 in 2006.

That year, there was a dis­pute be­tween the par­ties about the main­te­nance costs. Un­til it was re­solved, broadly fol­low­ing prin­ci­ples out­lined in the ex­ist­ing agree­ment, la­goon wa­ter be­came murky and filled with al­gae.

The Daily Courier

Vinyl un­der­lay is be­ing re­placed in a leaky la­goon in Wa­ter­front Park, a project that be­gan about two weeks ago.

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