LETTERS: Vital facts

It is vital that facts fundamental to this issue are accurate and not misleading.

Since the start of this waterslide debacle there have been many figures thrown around about the amount of parkland that is involved in the proposed lease for the marina/waterslide.

So on July 31, I contacted the director of operations with the City of Penticton (who authored the staff report on the proposed lease to Trio Marine) to find out how much land is involved. I was sent three schedules of plans and was told to add up the lease area in square metres at the top of each plan to determine the total area of the parkland involved in the commercial lease.

Based on the information provided to me by this city employee, the following are my calculations of the total amount of parkland that is currently under lease to Trio and the total of the areas that are proposed to be leased under the agreement with the city.

Notes: None of the lease areas include public roads, nor the access road to the public boat launch.

The areas have been converted from square metres to acres for readability.

Total area of Skaha Park: 21 acres (taken from the City of Penticton website: Skaha Park).

Area currently leased to Trio (existing marina including docks): 1.92 acres or 9.14 per cent of the total area of Skaha Park

Additional area proposed to be leased to Trio: 3.89 acres or an additional 18.52 per cent of the total area of Skaha Park.

Total area to be leased by Trio therefore: 5.81 acres or 27.66 per cent of the total area of Skaha Park Area to be leased by Trio, existing and proposed, is for commercial purposes. It is vital that facts fundamental to this issue are accurate and not misleading.

Gary Denton

Penticton