The reccommended final plan for Skaha Lake Park’s renovations is headed to council for a decision on March 16. (City of Penticton)

The reccommended final plan for Skaha Lake Park’s renovations is headed to council for a decision on March 16. (City of Penticton)

Final plan for Skaha Lake Park up for council approval

Council will decide whether to go forward with the multimillion-dollar project on March 16

The final plan for Skaha Lake Park is about to be decided by Penticton council.

On March 16, council will give decide whether to go forward with the final plan for the eastern section of the park, following the final revisions after the last feedback session.

Costs for the plan are estimated to cost from $2,817,000 to $3,817,000, depending on the cost of relocating a portion of parking lot.

The final plan includes the replacement of the existing boathouse with a new, expanded building near the existing site.

The marina and the moorage would be maintained going forwards, with the marina building receiving an update to provide space for operating the marina, as well as for a cafe or licensed restaurant.

The docks would receive their remaining upgrades, such as a fire suppression system, and a relocated fuel dispensing system that is safer and provides a lower environmental risk.

READ MORE: Eastern portion of Penticton’s Skaha Lake Park could get a $2.8M makeover

The boat launch would stay where it is, and the ramp on the beach will be expanded to make it easier for boats to be unloaded, and for people with disabilities to access the water.

The splash pad would be replaced, with the design incorporating an Indigenous theme to recognize the significance of the parkland to the Penticton Indian Band, as well as incorporating art, signage and information displays through the park.

Finally, the plan includes expansion of the tree canopy as part of efforts to restore the riparian area around the park.

Funding for the project is likely to come from multiple sources, according to the staff report, including the Rotary Club, grant funding and muncipal taxation.

READ MORE: Letter: Back to saving Skaha Lake Park

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