Bluebird Beach Park, Lower Mission Kelowna
Work is underway on the new waterfront park at Bluebird Road and Lakeshore Road in the Lower Mission. The park is the creation of the City of Kelowna’s vision for more beach access for residence. There is a concerted effort by the city to reclaim the shoreline of many neighbourhoods as public space and allow access to the many sandy beaches that line Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. An example of this style of waterfront access can be seen at Crescent Beach in South Surrey. Here visitors can go for a stroll along the shoreline paths that fronts homes on the coastline.
Bluebird Beach Park is created by the clearing of 3 residence at 4010 and 4020 Lakeshore Road. These properties were purchased back in 2015 by the city of Kelowna and now joins the beach access that existed at the foot of Lexington Drive. The new park now provides 3.5 acres of recreational space on Okanagan Lake.
This new park will provide Kelowna with over 700 feet of sandy beach on Okanagan Lake. This is an amazing location as the view from the beach looks across to West Kelowna and down the lake to Peachland. With such a large flat area to turn into park the city plans to add amenities like Volleyball courts and food services alond with teh eseential parking and public washrooms.
As of April 2018 the area has been cleared and leveled. The Parks department has seeded grass and provided a basic gravel path down to the beach. The Ponderosa pine on the property have been left as they provide some much needed shade and are magnificent examples of our native trees. There is also a 1/4 acre section of the park that has been left as natural habitat in the North East corner along Lakeshore.
This will be a wonderful place in the summer for swimming and watersports or just hanging out and enjoying the sunny summer days. Currently the park has a no dogs policy and access is only available if you park along Lakeshore Drive. No amenities are on site yet as the Parks department continues to build out this latest addition to the Cities parklands. No Doubt this will become on of the Lower Mission neighbourhoods favorite summer hangouts.