The top half of the picture is the current base of operations for Coyote Cruises within Penticton’s Riverside Park. Operated by the Penticton Indian Band and the K’ul Group, the business wishes to secure a 20-year lease for that portion of land, rather than the five-year lease it currently has, in order to enhance the business and carry through with the renovations illustrated in the bottom half of the picture. (Submitted)

Public to have their say on Coyote Cruises proposal to City of Penticton

The City of Penticton is hosting two open houses

The City of Penticton is hosting two open houses to get feedback on Coyote Cruises’ request to lease a portion of Riverside Park.

The first open house takes place in the lobby of the Penticton Community Centre between 3 and 7 p.m. on May 22. The second open house will be held at the city’s booth during the Community Market on May 25 between 9 a.m. and noon.

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“Coyote Cruises is one of the oldest and most iconic tourist attractions in the city and has remained largely unchanged for decades,” said Mike Campol, director of projects and partnerships with the Penticton Indian Band’s K’uL Group, in a news release. “With our vision, the amenities will be upgraded and the guest experience transformed to celebrate the traditions of the Penticton Indian Band. We are really excited to move this proposal to the public phase where we can discuss our vision with the community in more detail.”

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Coyote Cruises is seeking a 20-year lease to secure their investment in the business. Residents will have the opportunity to share their feedback on the proposed vision and lease at the open house or through the city’s online engagement platform

“The city is keen to understand what the level of interest is in this proposal and the lease before going any further in the public process,” said director of development services, Anthony Haddad.

“We hope that a lot of citizens will come out to learn more about Coyote Cruises vision and share their views.”

Once the results of the community engagement activities are compiled, proposal and feedback will need to be reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and council before the city would seek electoral approval for the request.

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