Coyote Cruises

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Project update: Coyote Cruises Limited Partnership and the City of Penticton reviewed a proposal for a 5-year License to Use with the committee at their meeting on June 1, 2020. The license-to-use was proposed as an alternative to the original request for a 20-year lease. The Committee unanimously agreed to the recommendation and Council approved the license at their meeting on June 16. The process is now closed. Thanks to everyone who shared their feedback early on.

Coyote Cruises is requesting a 20-year lease in Riverside Park to support their investment in improvements to the inner tube rental and transportation business. The proposed lease incorporates the existing license area and lands on either side totaling .16 hectares within Riverside Park. The City is following the public process outlined in the Park Land Protection and Use Policy to review Coyote Cruises’ request to lease the land. in Riverside Park. To date, it has been brought forward to an open Council meeting and has been shared with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC). The request is now being put forward for discussion with the community. Once the results of the community engagement activities are compiled, proposal and feedback will need to be reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and Council before the City would seek electoral approval for the request.

Proposal features

Some of the key features of the Coyote Cruises vision includes:

  • renovation of existing building including new electrical and plumbing
  • increased security around building and area
  • increased safety from start to finish including the steps to enter and exit the channel
  • improve landscaping and maintenance for site attractiveness and security
  • addition of public shade areas and structure
  • addition of food and beverage facilities, gift shop
  • upgrade of rental inflatables
  • offsite parking with shuttle service to starting point
  • integration of the culture of the Penticton Indian Band in the facility design and channel experience
  • the K'uL Group has partnered with Diana Sterling (LocoLanding) and Derek George (Boston Pizza) to deliver the new vision

The site will not be fenced and public access to the channel will remain unrestricted.

Project update: Coyote Cruises Limited Partnership and the City of Penticton reviewed a proposal for a 5-year License to Use with the committee at their meeting on June 1, 2020. The license-to-use was proposed as an alternative to the original request for a 20-year lease. The Committee unanimously agreed to the recommendation and Council approved the license at their meeting on June 16. The process is now closed. Thanks to everyone who shared their feedback early on.

Coyote Cruises is requesting a 20-year lease in Riverside Park to support their investment in improvements to the inner tube rental and transportation business. The proposed lease incorporates the existing license area and lands on either side totaling .16 hectares within Riverside Park. The City is following the public process outlined in the Park Land Protection and Use Policy to review Coyote Cruises’ request to lease the land. in Riverside Park. To date, it has been brought forward to an open Council meeting and has been shared with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC). The request is now being put forward for discussion with the community. Once the results of the community engagement activities are compiled, proposal and feedback will need to be reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and Council before the City would seek electoral approval for the request.

Proposal features

Some of the key features of the Coyote Cruises vision includes:

  • renovation of existing building including new electrical and plumbing
  • increased security around building and area
  • increased safety from start to finish including the steps to enter and exit the channel
  • improve landscaping and maintenance for site attractiveness and security
  • addition of public shade areas and structure
  • addition of food and beverage facilities, gift shop
  • upgrade of rental inflatables
  • offsite parking with shuttle service to starting point
  • integration of the culture of the Penticton Indian Band in the facility design and channel experience
  • the K'uL Group has partnered with Diana Sterling (LocoLanding) and Derek George (Boston Pizza) to deliver the new vision

The site will not be fenced and public access to the channel will remain unrestricted.

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    is this Proposal still in front of the city? as of May 2020? I noted that the Survey was to go until end of May (What year? It would be helpful if dates/yr were given for items) However, this site says that the Survey is CLOSED? Parklands need to be preserved and enjoyed forever by the Public, not for any commercial, private gain.They are invaluable for the health and well being of the public Say NO Permamnently NO to Long Term leasing of public parklands. Council should not even have to entertain the proposal. Say NO Hannah

    bananapeel Asked 4 months ago

    Hi! Thx so much for your inquiry. We will forward your question for response ASAP.

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    The shady walkway on the Coyote Cruises side of the channel is a wonderful, quiet place to walk, and birdwatch, all year round. It's always cooling to walk along there in the heat of summer. This is a valuable and relatively unknown bit of Penticton's parkland. Do you think we can keep this park from looking and becoming over-commercialized if we let another triangle of it become leased?

    Loraine Stephanson Asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Loraine, 

    Thank you for your comments! All engagement projects are now on hold amid COVID-19 but we thank you for documenting your thoughts here. We'll resume engagement again soon. In the meantime, enjoy the lovely weather! 

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    What happens if the business is not profitably? Or if the partnership dissolves within the 20 years? What happens to the property, the leased area, the building etc.? (submitted by MarieInPenticton)

    over 1 year ago

    Questions such as these can be addressed in the terms of the lease. This feedback will be provided to staff to consider if there is interest in moving this request forward in the process.

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    Can we look at alternatives such as (1) an outright sale of the requested parkland area to the Penticton Indian Band K'uL Group at current assessed property values ... and use the proceeds to purchase or develop replacement parkland ... or (2) a land swap that would substitute the requested parkland area with an equivalent quantity and/or value of PIB lands; e.g. Sudbury Beach (on Skaha Lake) or in the oxbows on the east side of Channel Parkway. (submitted by PT Gayler)

    over 1 year ago

    This feedback will be provided to staff.

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    20 years is too long. Can the lease be shorter? (submitted by mellor)

    over 1 year ago

    This feedback will be provided to staff.

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    Where is the proposed offsite parking? Does the proposal include details, including payment to the city or independent owner related to parking? (Submitted by MarieInPenticton)

    over 1 year ago

    The applicants are planning to locate the offsite parking on Penticton Indian Band land and not in the City of Penticton. 

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    Why does the “leased” area have to be more than double its present size ? Georges J (submitted by Libertycrd)

    over 1 year ago

    The applicants are requesting a larger parcel than what is included in the current license in order to:

    • allow for the creation of a shaded area for picnics and relaxing 
    • to provide the frontage to support the plan to improve parking by shuttling guests between the entrance and a parking area offsite
    • to landscape the overgrown area to beautify it and create a more park-like feel
    • and to improve visibility of the site to support better security and reduce the risk of fire

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    The following question was asked through the survey and has been published here to share the answer with other interested residents.Why was this not issued as an RFP?

    over 1 year ago

    Coyote Cruises is a unique business as it is owned by the Penticton Indian Band and while the entrance to the channel is in Riverside Park, the two exits are on PIB land. The business is a collaboration between the PIB and the City and the responsibility to choose an operator for this service would lie with the PIB as owner.