LETTERS: Parkland or parking lot?

So let’s not just look at the waterslide issue, look very closely at the paving of our park.

We have been talking a lot about the proposal to put in a water slide on parkland at Skaha Lake Park. With this, I think we have missed one of  the driving forces and one of the main reasons for the proposal to develop parkland. That is parking lots and space for the marina and restaurant.

When this started, the original renters were more than willing to continue their lease. For some reason the city decided that they would not renew the lease. Then, they signed a new lease with new folks who for some reason the city felt were better. Then came word that the new folks were going to increase the size of the marina i.e. moorage spaces. Next came the news that they were going to put in a restaurant.  Then the proposal for leasing 10 per cent of the park for a waterslide and mini golf course.

With this, we have all jumped on the waterslide issue.

Think about this, with the old marina, the parking was limited and with an expansion, more parking would be needed. With a restaurant, it was imperative that more parking be acquired. But how? The marina is surrounded by parkland.

Look at the new proposal, parkland that used to be a free water playground will be blacktopped for a parking lot for the marina and boat trailers. Another section south east will be blacktopped for parking and let’s not believe it is for beachgoers, it will be for the marina and restaurant. What a way to get into a park and blacktop it.

Propose to build a waterslide, mini golf and update some of the other facilities and you get to blacktop a good part of the park for parking.

If the waterslide and mini golf fail, the parking lot will remain for the use of the marina. Not bad if you can convince the city this is a rational for getting rid of parkland.

The site of the parking lot for boats and trailers is beside a very delicate area for birds, turtles and plant life. So let’s not just look at the waterslide issue, look very closely at the paving of our park.

Bob Otway

Penticton

 

 

Just Posted

Major milestone for Penticton hospital construction

Substantial completion of the tower marked

Photos: Wiltse Elementary Christmas Concert

Penticton school celebrates the holiday season

Water samples good in Hedley

Water woes in Hedley had some residents questioning the communication plan of the HID earlier this week

Penticton’s stone circle standing the test of time

Celebrate the winter solstice at Penhenge

Retailers feel impact of generous return policies

Technology data tracking can clamp down on fraudulent abuse

Story of the Year: Deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash

The Canadian Press annual survey of newsrooms across the country saw 53 out of 129 editors cast their votes for the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Trump signs order to create US Space Command

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to create a U.S. Space Command.

Groups preparing new pipeline legal challenge, argue government’s mind made up

A Vancouver-based environment charity is readying itself to go back to court if the federal government reapproves the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Notorious Toronto triple killer gets third consecutive life sentence

Dellen Millard gets third consecutive life sentence for father’s death.

‘Subdued’ housing market predicted in B.C. through 2021: report

The Central 1 Credit Union report predicts “rising but subdued sales” over the next three years, with little movement in median home prices.

A journey through 2018’s top pop culture moments

Was there any pop culture this year? Of course there was.

‘A stronger Alberta:’ Ottawa announces $1.6B for Canada’s oil and gas sector

Price of Alberta oil plummeted so low that Alberta’s Premier said Canada was practically giving it away

Wicked weather, including heavy snow, rainfall, hammers southern B.C.

Environment Canada has posted winter storm warnings for the Coquihalla Highway, Highway 3

Caretaker jailed, must pay back money after stealing $260K from elderly B.C. couple

Antonette Dizon, now 50, had been hired to provide extra care for Henry and Helen Abfalter

Most Read