1600 Abbott St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1B7
Some of my earliest memories of Kelowna are of this very park. My memere (French Grandmother) took me downtown when I was 2, where we wandered through this park feeding birds. In 1997, a wind/hail storm blew through Kelowna, knocking over a bunch of trees in this park. You’ll note the ones that were replanted easily due to size variations, all towering and providing well needed shade on lazy hot summer days! A tribute to this was created by Peter Ryan, and is on display in City Park adjacent to the water park. A great place to take pictures, relax, play some volleyball or jump in the lake!
Okanagan’s $100 million Hailstorm – July 21, 1997. A destructive hail and wind storm ripped through the orchards of the Okanagan. It was the worst storm in memory with nearly 40% of the crop deemed unsuitable for fresh market. The rain and hail was accompanied by winds gusting to 100 km/h that capsized boats in the interior lakes, and caused power outages and traffic accidents.Original Article