Munson Pond Park
Munson Pond is a natural treasure centrally located in Kelowna’s South Pandosy / KLO sector, near the intersection of Benvoulin Road and KLO Road.
Community planning efforts by the City of Kelowna resulted in the purchase of the land from the Munson Family. This natural park has an area of 9.8 hectares, with the pond itself being approximately 3.8 hectares. Further land acquisition on the south side of the park is in process and will expand the park by an additional 1.2 hectares
About This Park
Historically, the pond is named for the Munson family who were pioneer farmers in the area from the early 1890s, and descendants of those pioneers continue to live in the neighbourhood. Along the southern perimeter of the pond is an irrigation ditch that feeds the pond and harks back to the settlement era when many canals and flumes bisected the Okanagan Valley.
Ecologically, the pond is a beautiful water body surrounded by a mature remnant cottonwood forest that is valued for its bird watching opportunities, waterfowl habitat and habitat for small amphibians, reptiles and mammals. At one time this black cottonwood / water birch ecological community covered much of the Okanagan lowlands but have been displaced by agriculture, urban development, and the channelization of streams and rivers. It is now a red listed (endangered) ecological community and ranked by the BC Conservation Data Centre as one of the rarest in B.C.
Due to it's ecological importance and the sensitive habitats, this park does not allow dogs.