Letter: We will not budge

Skaha Park is a dedicated park. It must be kept that way for always.

Skaha Park is a dedicated park. It must be kept that way for always.

What the city is trying to do is wrong. Too quick. Too underhanded. No compromises. No deals. Period.

Can anyone tell the rest of us members who have formed to Save Skaha Park (all of it, not just the green waterslide area) why the Save Skaha Park Society’s seven-person committee are assuming to speak for all of us by saying “they will not oppose the New Enhanced Marina agreement?”

Doesn’t  the new Enhanced Plan allow the City of Penticton and private developers to have control of the entire lake and beach front, concessions, amenities, activities (from the Marina Boulevard to the Tickleberry’s concession building) for a very long 39-year lease?

And, how would that change the whole character, look and feel of Skaha Park, as well as possible proper tendering opportunities?

Many of us want Skaha Park to remain exactly as it is,  a beautiful dedicated park — unchanged, uncommercialized, unless and until there is a proper public referendum on this whole issue.

We save-the-park people, connecting with Penticton Citizens First will go for what the law permits.  We are dedicated to keeping Skaha Park, as it is for now and future generations.

Hannah Hyland

Penticton