Sonya and I began an online petition on June 22. To date we have collected 946 names; Sonya turned a hand-written sheet with 75 names, June 28, for a total of 1,021. The signatures are mostly those of Pentictonites, but they also include those of visitors and tourists, who know and love Skaha Lake Park.
The petition has 516 comments, which express the range of concerns about this project that we have also seen communicated in the Penticton Herald.
They vent dismay that Mayor Jakubeit and his council have embarked on a project that will destroy such a well-used and lovely section of the premier park of Penticton for a pittance of its value. An amusement park with a water slide would be better built elsewhere, not in Skaha Park. These comments should remind the mayor and council that these public lands have been created with great cost, effort and foresight by past administrations and should not be disposed of so lightly.
We request that they will live up to the accomplishments of their predecessors and do the right thing. We ask them not to sign these leases, now or ever—hold a referendum.
Dr. Harvey Quamme and Sonya Quamme