The operator of a proposed Osoyoos water-play park will be holding an open house this evening to gauge community reaction to the structure being set up at Gyro Park.
The open house is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sonora Community Centre.
Okanagan Wibit has asked to move its proposed inflatable park from the public survey-determined Legion Beach to the north end of Gyro Park, behind the Osoyoos Seniors Centre and to the northeast of a proposed pier and walkway project.
Space at Gyro Park would also be required for up to five life jacket storage bins and a registration kiosk. The bins and the kiosk would be placed at the southeast corner of Gyro Park’s main grassed area.
The site would also require a minimum of 40 parking spaces.
“Our main objective is to integrate our amenity with existing amenities,” Rylie Gallagher told Council at its Nov. 20 meeting. “We want to make sure things go as smoothly as we can.”
The bins and office could be easily relocated for special events at the Park, including the Cactus Jalopies car show and Cherry Fiesta fireworks, Mr. Gallagher added.
Okanagan Wibit, which owns and operates similar parks in Penticton, Peachland and Kelowna, has discounted other selected locations within the Osoyoos community, noting proximity to resorts and public facilities, inadequate water depths and boat traffic.
Those locations were favoured by respondents to an October 2016 survey asking for input on the prospects of bringing a water-play park to the community.
The location of choice was Legion Beach, located at the corner of 89 St. and 62 Ave. It was favoured by 37 percent of respondents; Cottonwood Beach, a second choice, was favoured by 30.5% of respondents.
A Gyro Park location was supported by less than five percent of respondents.
Subsequent to that survey, the Town of Osoyoos asked for proposals to operate the water park at Legion Beach beginning in June 2018. Okanagan Wibit was the lone applicant to respond.
Once operating in Osoyoos, the company expects to sell 6,500 passes — entertaining about 93 customers a day — in its first year and increase use to just under 8,600 passes — 123 average daily customers — by its third year of operation. The park would be open mid-June to mid-September.
A general admission ticket to the park would be $25 for anyone five and older, with a discounted $15 ticket available for evening visits.