Lake-to-lake park feasibility in Penticton questioned

The concept of creating a linear park connecting Okanagan Lake to Skaha Lake received a cool reception at city council this week.

The concept of creating a linear park connecting Okanagan Lake to Skaha Lake received a cool reception at city council this week.

The Waterfront Revitalization sub-committee had recommended council have staff look into a concept presented at a recent committee meeting by Peter Osborne.

Osborne showed the committee an architectural model of a lake-to-lake park running alongside Main Street and Skaha Lake Road, created by adding another four feet on the western side of the roads south of the library to Skaha Lake, and installing grass, trees and other amenities. Osborne also suggested creating pocket parks on vacant lots in the downtown.

“I think it piqued the interest of the group,” said Coun. Helena Konanz, who was a guest at the meeting. “I think they wanted staff to look into the possibility. I was also thinking it might be a good idea to have the parks committee look at it in the future.”

Mayor Andrew Jakubeit agreed a lake-to-lake protected pathway where people could  walk, run or cycle made sense, but questioned the feasibility of such a project.

“If you drive along Main Street, I am not sure where the room is to get that,” said Jakubeit. “Our capacity box is nearing full, sometimes complained to be overflowing, so I don’t know if we want to take on another project or concept?”

Coun. Max Picton suggested it might be better to pass the concept on to the Parks and Rec Master Plan steering committee for review, when they have the time to get to it.

“I don’t know if offloading this to staff at this point is the right idea,” said Picton. Council passed a motion to just receive the information.

“We will make a mental note to keep that in mind, or think about it later in life to bring back,” said Jakubeit.

 

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