In advance of the Skaha Lake Park Master Plan process, Council took steps during its January 22 Regular Meeting to update the City-owned Skaha Marina’s expired License to Use and Sub-License of Occupation Agreement by directing staff to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the purpose of seeking a company interested in operating the facility for a period of two years, followed by an optional one-year extension, if needed.
The outcome of the RFP process is now completed with Randy and Karen Gallagher receiving the highest score for their proposal.
A total of four submissions were received and scored based on criteria which included – business and financial plans, along with experience.
“We look forward to seeing the Skaha Marina in operation this year. The proposal submitted provides for quality short-term investment into the facility,” said Director of Development Services, Anthony Haddad. “We recognize the important role that parks play in our community as a significant, natural and recreational public asset and look forward to working with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee in commencing the visioning and community engagement process for the long-term Master Plan for Skaha Lake Park this year.”
Skaha Marina’s operators for 2019, the Gallagher’s, are long-term residents with deep roots in the community and support various not-for-profit groups through their Wibit Waterpark business.
“We are excited to begin working on immediate upgrades and amenities to the marina, including a valet and storage service for marine vessels, a non-licensed coffee bistro, boat rentals, surf and charter services and infrastructure improvements,” said Randy Gallagher.
Existing marina slip holders should contact Mr. Gallagher to secure space for 2019 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org