Riverside Park (Kamloops)

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Riverside Park
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View of Mount Paul from Riverside Park.
LocationKamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates50°40′41″N 120°20′20″W / 50.678°N 120.339°W / 50.678; -120.339Coordinates: 50°40′41″N 120°20′20″W / 50.678°N 120.339°W / 50.678; -120.339
StatusOpen all year
WebsiteRiverside Park

Riverside Park is a park in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada that encompasses a beach next to a river.[1] The park is bordered by the Thompson River and Landsdowne Street.[2] There is a monument in the park that indicates the height to which four different floods reached throughout the history of the park.[3] Riverside Park also includes a water park.[4] There is an 11 PM curfew at the park, but it is not normally enforced.[5] In 1885, the site that would eventually become the park was used as a campsite by Chinese Canadians from Savona's Ferry working on the Canadian Pacific Railway.[6] When members of the On-to-Ottawa Trek stopped in Kamloops on their way from Vancouver to Ottawa, Ontario in 1935, Mayor W.J. Moffat offered the men an empty hospital to sleep in, but the men declined, many choosing rather to sleep in Riverside Park where they had only one blanket to share between three or four men.[7] In 2011, a parking garage was proposed to be built in the park, but a group called the Friends of Riverside Park gathered signatures from more than 10% of the Kamloops electorate opposing the proposal, thereby forcing a referendum on the subject.[8] Before the referendum could take place, however, the city council unanimously voted to put an end to the plans to build the parking garage.[9]


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  2. ^ Western Canada (4 ed.). Hunter Publishing. 2004. p. 203. ISBN 2894645082.
  3. ^ R.J.W. Turner; R.G. Anderson; R. Franklin; M. Cathro; B. Madu; C. Huscroft; E. Frey; K. Favrholdt (2008). Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5810. Natural Resources Canada. p. 17.
  4. ^ "Time to cool off in Kamloops parks". Kamloops This Week. May 31, 2013. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  5. ^ Mike Youds (June 4, 2013). "Tree planter from Comox in critical condition in Kamloops". The Kamloops Daily News. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  6. ^ David Chuenyan Lai (2011). Chinatowns: Towns Within Cities in Canada. University of British Columbia Press. p. 48. ISBN 0774844183.
  7. ^ Victor Howard (1985). "We Were the Salt of the Earth!": A Narrative of the On-to-Ottawa Trek and the Regina Riot. University of Regina Press. p. 88. ISBN 0889770379.
  8. ^ "Petition to force referendum on Kamloops parkade". CBC News. October 3, 2011. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  9. ^ Jeremy Deutsch (October 18, 2011). "Riverside Park parkade is dead". Kamloops This Week. Retrieved June 18, 2013.