Penticton City Council endorses waterslide for Canada Day
The Downtown Penticton Association wants to see Penticton slip, slip sliding away on Canada Day.
City council unanimously endorsed a plan by the DPA to bring Slide The City to Penticton on July 1 and 2 this year. Accompanied by city engineer Ian Chapman, DPA executive director Kerri Milton told city council that they hoped to install the 1000-foot waterslide along Vancouver Avenue, from Cambie Street to the roundabout at the bottom.
Water for the slide will be drawn from fire hydrants and recycled during the day. Mitch Moroziuk, director of operations for Penticton, was concerned whether the city would still be responsible for supplying water if the city should experience drought conditions as it did in 2015.
Similar concerns about water use and sustainability were raised when Slide The City set up in Kamloops last year. However, some members of council seemed ready to brush aside concerns.
Tarik Sayeed suggested that anyone who might raise concerns about the slide “have a glass of wine, sit back and let us have fun.” Mayor Andrew Jakubeit joked that he hoped this waterslide proposal would be better accepted than the one made last year, referring to the Trio Marine project in Skaha Lake Park.
Milton assured the council members that the cost of using the slide would be affordable, with prices ranging from $10 to $60 for their “experience packages,” which includes souvenirs and other benefits.
The plan also includes recognition of access to homes and businesses that will be blocked by the giant waterslide, according to Milton, who pointed out there would be an access lane paralleling the slide for local access. Should there be an emergency, Milton said the slide could be brought down in 15 seconds.
There will be entertainment at the top of Vancouver Hill for the sliders with a DJ spinning tunes. However, there will be no food trucks in order to support both the Canada Day celebrations and food in Gyro Park as well as the Rotary Ribfest.
Milton said Moroziuk’s concern over water supply and other issues could be addressed when Slide The City representatives return next month for a planning session.