I simply had to shake my head in disbelief, when I read the response of our mayor to a question regarding the poll results re the
waterslides (Herald, Oct.. 20). He believes the situation has become “complicated” and that negotiations continue by the City and with Trio as to “revising the scope, size or concept of their plans.” Further to that, he thinks the concern regarding the park’s development is “so monopolizing of focus that other important issues that have a larger impact are being overshadowed.”
Well, I’ll say the situation has become “complicated.” And to say that the City is still working with Trio to find a solution to this issue infuriates me. It appears to me that the City, despite the protestations to date and the negative polling results, has the audacity to carry on with the plans to commercialize Skaha Lake Park. Given the temper of the majority of the citizenry of Pentiction, this council, I feel, is wasting the City’s valuable resources to engage in such dialogue.
What concerns me most with respect to this issue is the overall preservation of the cultural heritage of Penticton. A definition of such, from Wikipedia, is that: “Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a culture or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations.”
Given the relatively young age of the city, I feel there is, at present, a limited number of physical artifacts in this City worth preserving over time and for future generations to come. I’ll let those more qualified than myself assess the architectural component of this.
I will speak of the parks and beaches with which I am most familiar. To me, they are one of the most significant components of the physical artifacts of the City. After all, they are a timeless gift from nature to us.
Nothing can ever replace them. They must never be touched. It is sad enough that the City has allowed the peripheral commercialization of such which I think is ghastly, e.g. the tents that block views and visual and physical access to the beach.
In my opinion, if Mayor Andrew Jakubeit, and the Councillors Sentes, Watt, Picton, Sayeed, Martin and Konanaz move forward with this most ridiculous plan to commercialize Skaha Park, they should all be charged and found guilty of the destruction of cultural heritage.
John E. Archer