Trio says it’s committed to Skaha Lake Park despite recent setbacks

Despite two recent setbacks, Trio Marine Group says it’s still committed to redeveloping the area around Skaha Lake Marina.

“Trio Marine Group will continue to work together with the City of Penticton, Save Skaha Park Society, and the Penticton Indian Band to discuss concerns of all parties involved while working towards a positive advancement of the Skaha Lake project,” the company said in an unsigned statement released Tuesday night.

The Save Skaha Park Society, a citizens’ group that formed to block Trio’s plans to build water slides in Skaha Lake Park, on Friday filed a lawsuit against the City of Penticton and Trio that alleges a lease agreement between the two defendants should be squashed because it’s in violation of numerous provincial laws.

Then, on Monday, city council agreed to give Trio an extra year to complete negotiations with it and the B.C. government on a long-term agreement to take control of Skaha Marina, plus file a financial plan and complete archaeological and environmental studies of the area requested by the Penticton Indian Band. The new deadline for that work is Oct. 1, 2016.

“Recognizing the above uncertainties, Trio felt it would be in the best interest of all parties not to submit a detailed financial plan by October 1st, 2015, until the above conditions had been satisfied,” says the statement.

“We would like to acknowledge with this matter now being a legal issue, further comments have to be kept limited. We would like to recognize people’s passion for this project, both the positive and the not so positive.”

EDITORS NOTE:  TRIO have NEVER contacted Save Skaha Park!