Cool off at two Kelowna waterparks this May Long

May 15, 2018

Ben Lee Waterpark and Quilchena Splash Park are set to open this weekend providing a great way for families to have fun and cool off.

  • Ben Lee Water Park, 900 Houghton Road
    Opens Saturday, May 19 with extended hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in May and June and open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in July and August. 
  • Quilchena Splash Park, 347 Quilchena Drive
    Opens Sunday, May 20 and open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until September 10.

The full waterpark schedule can be found at kelowna.ca/recreation.

City Park Waterpark will remain closed for now as it continues to undergo extensive repairs. The mechanical systems that operate the waterpark are being replaced due to significant damage sustained when the mechanical room was submerged under water during the 2017 flooding.

“We were hoping to have the waterpark up and running in time for May Long, however we are at the mercy of numerous factors including working through the insurance claim process and the need for significant replacements and repairs. The waterpark will also need to undergo safety testing before we can officially have it back up and running,” says Martin Johansen, Building Services Manager. “Unfortunately we can’t predict when the work will be completed and the waterpark will reopen, but we’re hoping for this summer.”

There will be plenty of free family-friendly fun throughout Kelowna this summer including the 10th anniversary of Park & Play and the return of Dancing in the Park with a new addition of Roller Nights in Stuart Park every Wednesday night in July and August.

Also, coming up on Saturday, May 19 is the official opening of Kelowna’s new Paddle Trail. The 27-kilometre trail is a unique way to explore Okanagan Lake and Saturday’s event will feature a floatilla (water parade) starting at Hot Sands Beach in City Park at 9 a.m. More information can be found at kelowna.ca/activebynature.

Use the park finder map at kelowna.ca/parks to explore new park spaces and playgrounds in the city. For more information about active living opportunities in your neighbourhood, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.