Working together to finalize the Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Penticton –  At a special meeting of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Steering Committee on May 10, the Save Skaha Park Society, Penticton Citizens First and the Steering Committee expressed their new commitment to work together to achieve their common goal of protecting Penticton’s parks through the completion of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

“For many months, our community has been divided over parks when our parks should bring us together,” says Peter Weeber, Chief Administrative Officer. “There is still a lot of work to do but I am encouraged by the unity the groups have shown today and their desire to move forward together.”

An early priority for the group is to establish a communication protocol that ensures all stakeholders are involved. City staff will continue to work with the group to identify what is needed to complete the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The Steering Committee and the stakeholder groups have also endorsed the development of a Parks Use Policy and the Terms of Reference for a proposed Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

 

From left to right: Mayor Andrew Jakubeit, George Jansen and Ron Barillaro from Penticton Citizens First,Carolae Donoghue and Dr. Gerry Karr from the Save Skaha Park Society, and Ron Ramsay (chair) and Roland Curnow of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Steering Committee.