Moderator James Miller asked all four Penticton-area candidates at last Monday’s forum to answer the surprise question: “Yes or no, do you support a waterslide in Skaha Park?” All three locals said “no!”.
This was a pleasant surprise, and certainly reassuring.
However what really knocked my socks off was the eruption of cheers and applause from the audience of 400-plus when they heard each candidate’s response. It was overwhelming and clearly the loudest audience reaction of the evening.
And what is so important about this is that the audience, by definition, represented a politically
engaged broad cross-section of our population, further affirmation that Save Skaha Park is not just a bunch of change-resistant tree huggers, as our mayor would have you believe.
Mayor and council, are you listening? Our residents – your electorate – are overwhelmingly in agreement that the waterslide plan for Skaha Park is a stupid idea.
Friends, to steal a phrase from the great Yogi Berra: “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over!”
So, let me issue an invitation to all of our residents who are concerned about the future of all Penticton parks: Come on down to Skaha Park on Sunday to help us form a human chain that will show the world how much of Skaha Park’s natural shade, grass and pristine beauty will be destroyed forever if the City’s monstrous waterpark plan becomes a reality.
The chain will be photographed for posterity at 2:30 p.m. from a helicopter for the world to see, and to become part of our City’s historical record. It will take a little time to organize, so please arrive no later than 2 p.m. wearing a bright shirt or jacket. We don’t want to keep the helicopter pilot waiting!
See you there, folks!
Dr. Gerry Karr
Save Skaha Park Society