LETTERS: Shame on you city council

Shame on you for even thinking of commercializing one of Penticton’s best public park gems.

Shame on you for even thinking of commercializing one of Penticton’s best public park gems.

Public parkland is sacred. It belongs to the people to be played upon, enjoyed and loved year-round as part of the heritage of this city. Shame on you Penticton city council for even thinking about cutting down the majestic Ponderosa pines that grace Skaha’s lakeside park and replacing them with plastic slides that would be pay-for-use. Shame on you for even thinking of removing a perfectly delightful splash park that was paid for by a generous and benevolent service club (Rotary) that is free for all to use.

Shame on you city council for neglecting to remember that you were elected to be the stewards of our beautiful city so that generations to come could  enjoy the natural beauty that inspired the name Penticton — A Place to Stay Forever. Shame on you for having no sense of our community. A community thoughtfully created that honours it’s natural attributes and it’s own needs will be a place that visitors will flock to. Shame on you Penticton city council for even thinking of  removing this beautiful public space and placing it in the hands of a three month seasonal business to be enjoyed only by those who pay. Shame on you Penticton city council for voting to allow a gross plastic eyesore to erase this lovely public family space  and contaminate the visual impact of Skaha Lake’s shore year round.

I am heartsick at the thought of it.  What a disappointment you are Penticton city council.

Suzie Anderson

Penticton