Take a stroll through newly improved Rutland park
By noon tomorrow, Rutland residents and families have a new place to stroll, play and gather, with the latest enhancements now complete at Rutland Centennial Park.
As part of Phase 3 improvements, Rutland Centennial Park – located at the corner of Shepherd and Rutland Road North – now has a new garden space, pathways, bench seating, additional landscaping, and an expanded playground. Planting for a new multi-cultural garden is expected to occur this fall.
“The park is really coming together with these new features and additions,” said David James, Planner Specialist with the City. “Between the new sports field, accessible playground, and the most recent improvements such as pathways and benches, the park offers something for everyone.”
The next phase of work is included in the 10-Year Capital Plan and scheduled to be completed within the next couple of years, pending budget approval. Phase 4 will include an open community gathering space, washrooms, and an entry plaza feature.
Enhancements and additions at Rutland Centennial Park have been underway since 2016, and each completed phase marks another step toward supporting a vibrant Rutland Town Centre and improving access to inclusive gathering spaces for all ages and abilities.
The City acquired the previously-undeveloped 2.5-hectare park space next to Rutland Centennial Hall in 2015 and has since transformed it into a community space that can be used year-round. A $50,000 federal government grant helped construct the park’s $250,000 accessible playground, and total upgrades to date, including phases one through three, total approximately $1.2 million.
Other infrastructure projects slated for Rutland in 2019 include repaving sections of Gerstmar Road and Gibson Road, as well as installing approximately 1,000 meters of sidewalk on sections of Rutland Road and Hollywood Road. Balancing infrastructure investments with competing needs and limited funding isn’t easy and considers factors such as citizens’ priorities, regulations and financial policies.
To learn more about recent and upcoming infrastructure projects in Rutland, and to sign up for e-updates, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects. To see a map of other parks and amenities located in the Rutland area, go to kelowna.ca/parks.