The City of Penticton seems determined to go ahead with their “pay to park” decision.
Already Lakawanna park, LocoLanding parking lot and Martin Street are metered.
For many older residents it is too far to walk to Lakeshore Drive and a car is needed to get there. Soon you’ll have to dig into your pockets if you wish to stroll along Lakeshore Drive or take a walk in Skaha Park. It will be an added burden to local residents year-round and a turn off for previous visitors who have always enjoyed the beaches for free.
Since the city plans to contract this out to an outside company how much money will the city receive? If the city is determined to go ahead at the very least it should be handled locally possibly providing extra employment.
If you don’t want to pay to visit the parks and beaches let city hall know that there is opposition to their decision. We learned our lesson with Skaha Lake Park which was also pushed down our throats and which will stare us in the face for at least the next 29 years.