Skaha Lake Park - East Plan

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One of the main priorities of the Parks and Rec Master Plan is the development of a plan for Skaha Lake Park. Recognizing that much of the park is functioning well and there is a pressing need for direction on the future of the marina, boat house and spray park, the Parks and Rec Advisory Committee endorsed narrowing the scope of the plan to the east end of the park. Objectives for this work include:

  • Build on directions in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  • Vision for maintenance, operation and/or renewal of aging City facilities & amenities (marina, docks, spray park, boat house)
  • Improved connections and integration with the rest of the park
  • Strategy to address ecological threats and vulnerabilities
  • Recognition of Indigenous relationship to park area
  • Gauge support for existing commercial uses in park e.g. support for marina and cafe
  • Create foundation for long-term lease for marina operation (Park Dedication Bylaw requires approval of electors)

Residents are encouraged to watch this site for information about this work and opportunities to get involved.

THE CITY HAS PREPARED THREE CONCEPTS TO SUPPORT DISCUSSION ABOUT THE PLAN FOR THE PARK. STAFF ARE PREPARING BACKGROUND INFORMATION TO SUPPORT DISCUSSION OF THESE CONCEPTS WITH THE COMMUNITY. WATCH THIS SITE FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED ONCE DATES ARE CONFIRMED. YOU CAN REVIEW THE CONCEPTS NOW IN THE DOCUMENTS SECTION.

One of the main priorities of the Parks and Rec Master Plan is the development of a plan for Skaha Lake Park. Recognizing that much of the park is functioning well and there is a pressing need for direction on the future of the marina, boat house and spray park, the Parks and Rec Advisory Committee endorsed narrowing the scope of the plan to the east end of the park. Objectives for this work include:

  • Build on directions in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  • Vision for maintenance, operation and/or renewal of aging City facilities & amenities (marina, docks, spray park, boat house)
  • Improved connections and integration with the rest of the park
  • Strategy to address ecological threats and vulnerabilities
  • Recognition of Indigenous relationship to park area
  • Gauge support for existing commercial uses in park e.g. support for marina and cafe
  • Create foundation for long-term lease for marina operation (Park Dedication Bylaw requires approval of electors)

Residents are encouraged to watch this site for information about this work and opportunities to get involved.

THE CITY HAS PREPARED THREE CONCEPTS TO SUPPORT DISCUSSION ABOUT THE PLAN FOR THE PARK. STAFF ARE PREPARING BACKGROUND INFORMATION TO SUPPORT DISCUSSION OF THESE CONCEPTS WITH THE COMMUNITY. WATCH THIS SITE FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED ONCE DATES ARE CONFIRMED. YOU CAN REVIEW THE CONCEPTS NOW IN THE DOCUMENTS SECTION.

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    Has Step # 1 been completed: To seek and have the approval from the Ministry of Environment for permitted use of Lake and Land at Skaha? before getting some people's hopes up that we can have or do anything we wish on the water or land? Please show us, the Public, the Ministry's staments re. this . Thank you.

    bananapeel asked 12 months ago

    UPDATE: 

    If you would like to see a copy of the City's lease with the Province for the use of crown land for the Skaha Marina, please contact our Corporate Officer. (Follow this link.)

    For general information on the Province's policies and requirements around marinas and use of the foreshore, follow the link below.

    https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/crown-land-water/crown-land/crown-land-uses/commercial-uses/marinas-yacht-clubs

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    Can you please clarify what process you are referring to? Please email your response to getconnected@penticton.ca and we will post the response publicly.

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    Hi there...the Mayor has been asking how the City is doing with building public participation. Re. this site, I read some noteworthy comments re. a Marina at Skaha by "Donlea", J-tamblyn" and "Mary M" and that their "marker report failed". Later I was not able to find those comments. As the Operator of this shapeyourcity site has always been great at returning answers for my Questions and Comments, I wonder how and when these three indivituals would be made aware that their "marker failed". Thanks

    bananapeel asked 12 months ago

    Hi Bananapeel,

    All of the comments submitted on the map are still there. The tab was moved over so that we could highlight the feedback form from the open houses. The ideas on the map, plus the feedback form and the feedback generated throught 'People's Concept' will all be compiled and shared publicly.

    Thanks.

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    re. the last point above: "create foundation for long-term lease" Long term leases should not apply to Public Parks. I believe that the recent 2019 Parks & Rec Master Plan did spend many months to creat the Foundation, which was not to have long term leasing in this Park. The reason being to protect Skaha Park from loss of green space, keeping its openness and natural beauty, freely accessed by all, and not being "used" for commercial purpose. These were the wishes of many thousands of citizens and Visitors to Penticton. How quickly this has been overlooked or forgotten? Does this need reviewing?

    bananapeel asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question. I've reached out to our Planning Department to respond to your question. 

    UPDATED

    Thank you for your question. Commercial uses in parks are regulated by the Park Dedication Bylaw and the Park Land Protection and Use Policy which received their direction from the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Because of these documents, any lease of park land for commercial uses requires extensive public consultation and the approval of the electors (e.g, a referendum). Through the Skaha Park East process, we are looking for community input on commercial uses, particularly the marina. The City-owned marina and associated docks are currently operated under a 2-year license-to-use. The docks associated with the marina are in need of significant investment (estimated between $500,000 and $1,300,000). Presently the City invests around $100,000 a year simply maintaining the aging docks. There are community members who have approached the City in support of the Skaha Marina and its associated café (as well as supporting the renewal of the boat house, boat launch and so on). We are asking for the broader community to let us know their level of support for the marina generally (i.e., should we plan for it being there in the long term?) From there we can consider different strategies for funding the maintenance and renewal of these facilities. Licenses are short term (up to three years) and would require City investment in the docks and buildings. A multi-year lease would give an operator enough security to make these investments themselves. Such a lease requires approval of the electors. We will be seeking community input on these different options through this process.



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    Are you still making the Questions & Answers available for public viewing on this site? If not, why not?

    bananapeel asked about 1 year ago

    Absolutely. This tool allows you to provide an answer as part of publishing the question. We aim to provide an answer within 48 hours of receiving the question. So far, we have only received three questions on this tool which are all published.

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    Rather than marring the landscape, by moving and heightening the current Boathouse? Why not maintain the natural beauty of Skaha by focusing all "marina-type buildings, structures" to the present "Marina Building"site.

    bananapeel asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question. The suggestion for the boathouse was put forward by a group of citizens and will be considered as part of the larger process. We will gather feedback on the key features of their concept as well as invite other suggestions through these early engagement activities. We will have a formal form to capture feedback and ideas like yours. This will be available in time for the open houses. The value of the process is to hear all of the different viewpoints to determine a common path forward.