Did you know that the major project of Penticton’s Celebration 2000 Committee was the creation of a Millennium Grove at Skaha Lake Park? Citizens were invited to contribute the $250 sponsorship fee to cover the cost of the tree, planting and maintenance.
In an article in the June 3, 2000 issue of the Western News, the first line reads, “For $250 you can give the city a legacy that will continue to grow — a tree.”
I wonder how many of these trees will have their lives shortened with the redevelopment planned for Skaha Lake Park? There is a concrete marker off Skaha Lake Road at one of the entrances to the park. A brass plate is inscribed with the names of the donors to the Millennium Grove. Plans were for the marker to house a millennium capsule.
Does the redevelopment plan for the park include retention of these donated trees and the marker to recognize the donors? I would like an answer to this question.