WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN – The green spaces of downtown: Riverside Park

Plaque commemorates signing of first agreement with Uji.

CAN YOU BELIEVE it’s already May!? The trees are finally blooming and the patios are buzzing in the streets and avenues.

CAP Team member Jon here with some more tidbits to help you seize the day once more. With the summer finally kicking off, us friendly folks at the CAP Team figured that everyone would be heading on down to Riverside Park, but how much do residents know in terms of utilizing the space of this luxurious piece of nature?

Other than being home to historic trees and the banks of the Thompson River, Riverside Park hosts all kinds of community events. Some of these gatherings are: Rib Fest, Boogie the Bridge, Canada Day celebrations with bombastic fireworks, and the jamming sounds of Music in the Park.

Make sure you keep a watchful eye on the Downtown Kamloops webpage for the upcoming 2017 schedule for Music in the Park. While these events are on select days, there are plentiful options for daily activities. After running the scenic River’s Trail or smashing rivals on the tennis court, make your way to The Variety Kids Centennial Water Park.

Why not lather on that waterproof sunscreen and get your tan on too? Riverside Park is a great, interactive space with amenities such as the Riverside Community Garden, Rotary Bandshell, and Uji Garden.

Since its official opening in May 1982, the Peter Wing Rotary Rose Garden wooed visitors with floral charms. The garden was named to honor Peter Wing who was the first mayor in North America of Chinese descent. While you’re in the picture-perfect garden, why not take a stroll over to the Uji Garden?

July 1, 1990, marked the formal Sister City Agreement between the City of Kamloops and the City of Uji, Japan. The idea of this partnership is to enhance mutual understanding between the citizens of both cities and countries through educational, cultural, sports and economics exchange. We all hope this friendship continues for years to come.

Hopefully you learned a thing or two about one of the many parks downtown. With so many activities we hope that you can find your fun in Riverside Park. The CAP Team also patrols Riverside Park on foot as well as bicycles so we hope to see you there.

Written by, Jonathan George, a Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is the Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach them at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care – Info centre at 250-572-3017.


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