Save Skaha gives failing grade to new parks plan

The newest draft of the city’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan has failed to win the support of the Save Skaha Park advisory committee,

“From what we have seen thus far, we do not feel it will provide the guidance our city needs in planning our parks for the next 10 years and beyond,” spokeswoman Lisa Martin said in a press release Thursday.

Among the elements with which the committee takes issue is an apparent lack of any admission that “lack of trust is a fundamental barrier to real progress in maximizing the benefit of our parks to our quality of life and our environment,” and that the plan uses “deliberately ambiguous language, such as ‘inappropriate development’ rather than ‘commercial development.’”

The society, which was formed to oppose an ill-fated waterslides development in Skaha Lake Park, is encouraging residents to have their say on the plan at an open house May 1 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

Presentations on commercial uses of parkland are scheduled for 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m., with a general overview on the plan set for 6-7 p.m.