90 per cent opposition, at least, to Skaha Park waterslides

Dear Editor:

Maureen Woods’ letters to the editor do nothing more than regurgitate the terms of the agreement that was wrongfully entered into by Penticton’s council.

There is no meaningful analysis to support why it was a good decision by elected officials that are supposed to act as responsible stewards of our limited resources and represent the views of its electors.

The last time I looked at the Save Skaha Park website there were only 28 letters to the editor that think it’s alright to lease a massive 110,000 square feet (equivalent to 22 single family 5,000 sq. ft. housing lots) of Skaha Park for a waterslide. That compares to a staggering 405 letters expressing support for maintaining the area as green space, for all to enjoy, without the price of admission.

That tells me there is probably more than a 90 per cent consensus among those that have chosen to write that Council’s decision to alienate and convert 110,000 square feet of parkland to plastic tubes is wrong and needs to be overturned.

To put those numbers in perspective, if my child showed symptoms of being ill and maybe 10 doctors told me not to worry, would I listen? Or, would I prefer the advice of 90 or more doctors who told me that a problem needs to be fixed?

After reading every letter to the editor regarding the SkahaPark disposition, I still look forward to substantive, educational and informative opinion pieces on the health benefits of riding down plastic tubes compared to destroying almost priceless green space; how  paving over an almost priceless 2.5 acres of green space will lead to Penticton’s economic and social salvation, and, how Penticton’s families and youth will live happily ever after.

Wayne Llewellyn

Penticton