LETTERS: City needs all the revenue it can get

Perhaps the Save Skaha Park Society would like to fund a referendum.

Mr. Denton, thank-you for misquoting me (Penticton Western News letter to the editor,  Dec. 2, Everyone pays and everyone loses with the park).

The figures are — 12,292 square metres (11 per cent) with the possibility of 2,227 more square metres, depending on riparian areas. This brings the total to 14,519 square metres (13 per cent).

These percentages would be significantly lower if all the greenspace in the city were put into the equation.

If you want ambiance and character go to the west end of the park. What has that got to do with the environment that the society is so concerned about?

While “natural  parks play an important role in countering the stresses of urban life,” so can children’s laughter — there is no better sound.

“Laughter is music of the heart” (author unknown), “Laughter is the best medicine” (author unknown).

Skaha Lake Park is zoned P2, parks and recreation. Waterslides are recreation. No referendum is necessary.

LocoLanding is a privately-owned commercial business on city owned land. It was once a beautiful greenspace. No referendum was held.

Yes, everyone pays and everyone loses. Taxpayers now have to pay for the city to defend itself against a lawsuit. Taxpayers would also have had to pay for a referendum.

Perhaps the Save Skaha Park Society would like to fund a referendum. The city loses rent/revenue from the waterslides.

A loss for the city is a loss for taxpayers. Businesses at the south end of the city  could benefit from the added amenities. Our children and grandchildren lose the opportunity to have fun on waterslides.

Kelowna is a much larger and richer city than Penticton. At the present time, Penticton cannot even afford to pay its firefighters wages comparable to their peers in the province. Penticton needs all the revenue it can get.

Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays everyone!

Maureen Wood

Penticton

 

 

Just Posted

Motorcyclist medevaced to Kelowna after collision with deer near Apex Mountain Resort

Male suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries to his neck

PHOTOS: What makes a winning Caesar?

Three local bartenders competed to make the best Caesar in Penticton

Penticton Legion’s grand reopening a success, says president

17 new members have signed up since the reopening Aug. 1

Festival goers at the 27th annual Roots and Blues Festival

The Observer asked: Where are you from and what brought you to the festival?

OHA alumna welcomed as new assistant coach for women’s varsity team

Alyssa MacMillan attended OHA from 2011 to 2016

70 years of lifting: Canadian man, 85, could cinch weightlifting championship

The senior gym junkie is on track to win the World Masters Weightlifting championship

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Summerland’s downtown has gone through numerous changes

Main Street has been commercial hub of community for many years

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Okanagan climate advocacy group protests against Tolko

Group to demonstrate outside Vernon head office Monday over plan to log close to water supply

Okanagan Cultural Connections live venue tour kicks off in Vernon

Two dozen promoters, national booking agents, and music reps to visit venues from Vernon to Oliver

Most Read