Riverside Park Improvements

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Riverside Park is one of the City's most well loved and busiest green spaces. Over the next few years, residents and visitors will notice improvements in different areas of the park to make it safer and more accessible.

The improvements at Riverside Park can be divided into two components: Outdoor Recreation improvements - which include replacing the aging water park, and Flood and Erosion Protection.

Outdoor Recreation

The City needs to replace the aging water park, which it has budgeted for as part of the its Asset Management Program. The City had been been pursuing a community and recreation focused grant that would transform the aging spray park into a new water park and winter-time ice surface to provide recreational enjoyment year-round, however the City was unsuccessful in securing any grants. At the September 28, 2021 Council meeting, Council directed Administration to replace the spray park and washroom/changeroom building but indefinitely deferred the skating rink project. Replacing the washroom/changeroom building with a new asset will allow for a fully accessible, gender-neutral, year-round facility. Staff have also included approximately $100,000 in the cost estimate to install brine lines in the spray park’s concrete pad so the City does not lose the opportunity to add a skating rink at this location in the future.

UPDATE June 24, 2022: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances and supply chain challenges, the spray park will not be operational this year, but it is expected to open with a splash in spring 2023. A new inclusive playground will be open later this fall.

Flood and Erosion Protection

This work is now complete.

The City recently received funding from the Provincial Government in the amount of $750,000 to aid in flood mitigation efforts along the riverbank at Riverside Park as part of the $1.5 million Structural Flood Mitigation Project. This project is intended to protect Riverside Park from flooding, and specifically critical sanitary sewer infrastructure within the park. In addition to raising the grade of the Rivers Trail, the City intends to complete bank stabilization near the pier to prevent erosion and damage to infrastructure during high water periods, building on temporary emergency work that was undertaken in 2018. The City will reconstruct the Rivers Trail to a higher elevation to provide a barrier to rising waters, and reduce the frequency of deploying temporary measures.

Access Map

Effective September 12, 2022, the follow areas of Riverside Park are open for public use. The red zones are currently closed for construction.



Riverside Park is one of the City's most well loved and busiest green spaces. Over the next few years, residents and visitors will notice improvements in different areas of the park to make it safer and more accessible.

The improvements at Riverside Park can be divided into two components: Outdoor Recreation improvements - which include replacing the aging water park, and Flood and Erosion Protection.

Outdoor Recreation

The City needs to replace the aging water park, which it has budgeted for as part of the its Asset Management Program. The City had been been pursuing a community and recreation focused grant that would transform the aging spray park into a new water park and winter-time ice surface to provide recreational enjoyment year-round, however the City was unsuccessful in securing any grants. At the September 28, 2021 Council meeting, Council directed Administration to replace the spray park and washroom/changeroom building but indefinitely deferred the skating rink project. Replacing the washroom/changeroom building with a new asset will allow for a fully accessible, gender-neutral, year-round facility. Staff have also included approximately $100,000 in the cost estimate to install brine lines in the spray park’s concrete pad so the City does not lose the opportunity to add a skating rink at this location in the future.

UPDATE June 24, 2022: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances and supply chain challenges, the spray park will not be operational this year, but it is expected to open with a splash in spring 2023. A new inclusive playground will be open later this fall.

Flood and Erosion Protection

This work is now complete.

The City recently received funding from the Provincial Government in the amount of $750,000 to aid in flood mitigation efforts along the riverbank at Riverside Park as part of the $1.5 million Structural Flood Mitigation Project. This project is intended to protect Riverside Park from flooding, and specifically critical sanitary sewer infrastructure within the park. In addition to raising the grade of the Rivers Trail, the City intends to complete bank stabilization near the pier to prevent erosion and damage to infrastructure during high water periods, building on temporary emergency work that was undertaken in 2018. The City will reconstruct the Rivers Trail to a higher elevation to provide a barrier to rising waters, and reduce the frequency of deploying temporary measures.

Access Map

Effective September 12, 2022, the follow areas of Riverside Park are open for public use. The red zones are currently closed for construction.



  • Riverside Park Inclusive Playground Breaks Ground

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    September 9, 2022–Plans are moving ahead on the construction of an inclusive playground within Riverside Park. The new playground, built to incorporate the existing playground within Riverside Park, will be the first fully accessible playground in Kamloops.

    Several new inclusive amenities, including a "We-Go-Round", "We-Saw", "ZipKrooz" and more, will enhance the experience at the playground, allowing for children of all abilities to enjoy the City's most cherished park. In addition, the entire playground surface will be upgraded to an accessible impact surface.



    "Whether a child is transferring out of their mobility device, or not, there’s plenty to do. Activities like the ZipKrooz with both a molded bucket seat and a standard seat provide a level of choice to each user. That way, regardless if I’m standing or sitting, I can also jump in for a race with my friends. The integrated shade on the structure and We Go Round provide additional comfort for users who need to be cognizant of heat, allowing them to play for longer with their friends," commented Jill Moore, a wheelchair athlete who aids product development for inclusive play environments with Landscape Structures (the playground vendor).

    Construction on the new playground will start September 12, and is expected to be complete by the end of November 2022. Although the current playground will be closed during construction, there are other excellent downtown playground options such as Prince Charles Park and Stuart Wood school park. There are also many accessible features at the large new playground at the west end of McArthur Island Park for the public to enjoy.

    The City gratefully acknowledges a contribution of $200,000 from the Trans Mountain Expansion Project towards the construction of this new accessible playground.

    “Trans Mountain is proud to contribute to the new inclusive playground at Riverside Park,” said Jeff Robinson, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Trans Mountain. “We appreciate our ongoing collaboration with the City of Kamloops and are pleased to be a part of this exciting new playground for all children to enjoy.”

    Work on the multi-use pathway is now complete and it fully reopened for use on Friday, September 2.


  • Riverside Park Project Update

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    June 24, 2022–The Flood Protection Project at Riverside Park is nearing completion. The new private dike, which is disguised with a lovely façade along the beachfront, protects the park to a 1 in 20-year flood event. The newly paved and widened multi-use pathway winds along the top of the dike from Sandman Centre to Uji Gardens and increases accessibility for all users. Upgraded lighting will complete the new pathway, which is expected to be open to the public later this summer.


    The new dike and pathway along the beach at Riverside Park.


    Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances and supply chain challenges, the spray park will not be operational this year, but it is expected to open with a splash in spring 2023.

    Plans are moving ahead on the construction of an inclusive playground within Riverside Park, which Council added to the project earlier this spring. The new playground, built adjacent to the existing play structure in Riverside Park, will be the first fully accessible playground in Kamloops. Jill Moore, a wheelchair athlete who aids product development with Landscape Structures (the playground vendor), had nothing but great things to say about the new park’s design.

    “Designing for inclusion is all about providing the just-right fit for every single person who comes to play, whatever their ability may be, and we see this throughout the Riverside Park design which truly invites everyone,” commented Jill Moore. “We believe people with disabilities should get to control their environment, be it spinning, swinging, swaying, etc.; and we try to integrate that as much as possible. People with disabilities are active players, and an inclusive environment is going to showcase everything we can bring to the table when we’re invited. Riverside Park is truly a place for everyone!”

    The playground is expected to be complete in early fall 2022.

    The City is also extremely excited to welcome a multitude of events back to Riverside Park this summer, including Canada Day, Music in the Park, Ribfest, Seniors’ Picnic, and the Busker’s Festival. For details on these events, visit Kamloops.ca/Events.



  • Catch a Preview of the Improvements!

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    Coming to Riverside Park this summer!

    The video rendering of the amazing new splash park can be seen here. This state of the art water park promises to be one of the best in Canada, boasting waterslides and accessible features, with something to enjoy for all ages.

    The flood mitigation works will result in a new façade for the beach area, as well as a new multi-use pathway between Uji Gardens and Sandman Centre.

    Access for those who have mobility challenges will be on the east end of the beachfront, where the pathway will be more level with the sand/beach area, and of an appropriate grade for accessibility.

  • Upgrades Starting at Riverside Park

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    November 17, 2021—Construction is starting next week on improvements throughout Riverside Park that will make the City's most loved and busiest park space safer and more accessible.

    The improvements coming to Riverside Park over the next year include the following:

    • replacing the aging spray park with a new, accessible spray park
    • demolishing the old concession and washroom buildings
    • constructing/installing a new change room/washroom building with gender-neutral and accessible components
    • completing flood mitigation work, including the raising of Rivers Trail between Uji Gardens and Sandman Centre
    • paving and widening the Rivers Trail multi-use pathway between Uji Gardens and Sandman Centre
    • installing new lighting, benches, and garbage receptacles along the Rivers Trail
    • strategically planning the new spray park’s concrete pad to accommodate the possibility of a future skating rink

    The project will begin on November 22, 2021, and is expected to be complete in summer 2022. Demolition will start next week on the concrete and asphalt surfaces, including the Rivers Trail and the spray park pad. Crews will begin work at the east end of the park, between the pier and Sandman Center, and then move west towards Uji Gardens. The beach, pier, Rivers Trail, spray park, and adjacent washroom building will be closed for the duration of the project.

    The playground, tennis courts, pickleball courts, bandshell, and other green spaces will remain open and accessible to the public. Park visitors are asked to avoid the construction zone and utilize Lorne Street as a detour route. Washrooms can be accessed at the west end of the park and at Heritage House.

    City staff are working with various Riverside Park user groups to mitigate the impact of construction on any scheduled programs or events.

    “I think the public will be extremely happy with the upgrades coming to Riverside Park. We’re striving to accomplish as much work as possible in the off season so that the park can be open to visitors next summer,” said Darren Crundwell, the City’s Capital Projects Supervisor. “Combining the flood mitigation work with the spray park upgrades allows us to minimize impact to the park.”

    Subscribe at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/Riverside for up-to-date project information.

Page last updated: 09 Sep 2022, 12:51 PM