Save all of our Skaha Lake Park

Dear Editor:

I have explored every green space in and around the city of Penticton over the last 20 years and I have not come across any that compare to the tranquility of the particular area of Skaha Lake Park, which is now endangered because of the mayor and City Council’s selling off public land to private businesses for their profit.

I cannot fathom how our politicians could endorse the chopping down of beautiful, mature and dedicated ‘forever’ trees and roll up one of nature’s lush carpets (the lawn) for a man-made structure like the two that previously went out of business. This mentality is beyond me in these days of nature conservation.

I live in the opposite part of town and do not have the luxury of a balcony or private back yard for fresh air. I cherish my favourite routine of cycling along various routes in the city to get to the park, and have benefitted both physically and spiritually from this area’s peaceful ambience.

I feel rejuvenated when I’ve returned home. City home owners may not fully appreciate the importance of this park land because they already have private lawns. Please think of this proposed project as if it were infringing on your personal property.

The whole of Skaha Lake Park is an integral part of our community. Tourists also appreciate the quiet space preserved in its natural state and not designated for any particular activity. The peaceful atmosphere next to the creek has a unique purpose, abounding with waterfowl, and has a view to the beach, marina and playgrounds.

The splash pad’s location fits in nicely, although it could use some upgrading. I wonder if run-off water from it, directly or indirectly contributes to keeping this park so green and healthy. I heartily agree with all the advocates for the preservation of this park as it is now. Because it is good for all the citizens of Penticton, it has value beyond measure.

Some alternative ideas, possibly far fetched, might be to incorporate the proposed waterslide next to the River Channel with easy access next to the new bridge.  A mini-waterslide within the borders of the splash pad could be build without destroying any vegetation. Or, it could be built on stilts in Skaha Lake itself.

A novel approach might be to build it so the waterslide runs parallel to one of the creeks similar to a bobsled run. After all, Penticton means “A Place to Stay Forever.”

Let’s keep all of Skaha Lake Park a place to enjoy now and for our posterity.

Edith Mary Tingle/Flossmann

Penticton