Munson Pond Park in Kelowna’s Lower Mission

Munson Pond Park is one of Kelowna’s newest parks. Work is underway to provide additional amenities to this beautiful urban retreat. 

 

Munson Ponds was once an old gravel quarry at the end of Munson Road off of Benvoulin Rd in Kelowna’s Lower Mission. Over the years the gravel pit filled in with ground water and formed this lovely pond. Several year ago the City of Kelowna purchased several of the adjacent properties and resurveyed others to create enough natural space around the pond to form the Munson Pond Park.

 

The location has long been a favourite amongst bird enthusiasts as the ponds is extremely tranquil and more importantly surrounded by agricultural land. Perfect for attracting waterbirds and migratory birds who are looking for a place to rest.

Access to the Park is via the main entrance on Munson Road but also from the West side of the park at Burtch Street.  In the near future Burtch will be joined with KLO Road providing another major thoroughfare from Harvey Ave to the center of the Lower Mission neighbourhood of Kelowna.

This area is home to some of the best garden centres and farmers markets in the city. It is also just down the street from the expanded Art Knapps Garden Centre which has moved from Springfield Road near Orchard Plaza.

If you are a Birder or just looking for an easy walk the trail around the lake takes you to several lookouts over the pond. These are new wooden platforms jutting out  into the pond and provide excellent viewing.

If you bring your dogs please keep them on leash. This was once a favourite walking spot and a safe place to let your dogs run loose but the new rules require them to be on leash. Just west of the main park there is an open stretch of field that borders the bike path from Burtch to KLO. We still see lots of folks letting their dogs off leash here so they can have a chance to stretch their legs and run.

Another beautiful new Park for the City of Kelowna is the Bluebird Park on Lakeshore Drive. This is directly beside the Imperial Condos on Okanagan Lake. This park is still in development but will be seeing many improvements in the near future as the city finalizes the plans for the lakefront Park in the Lower Mission.

Munson Pond Park is close to the new Osprey Landing Condos and Mission Springs Apartments both in construction in 2018

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