Parking in the city

Readers of a letter criticizing plans for the redevelopment of a parking lot beside Boyce-Gyro Park should be aware that it contained incorrect information.

Before getting into the details, here are some quick facts:
There will continue to be parking at the park – 132 stalls that will not all be fully occupied for 90 per cent of the year.
The sale of a small portion of land at the north edge of the existing parking lot will fund more recreation facilities and amenities for the park.

Before the City bought the Watt Road property in 2006, Boyce-Gyro was served by 36 parking spaces in the park and another 26 spaces across Lakeshore Road. The City’s plan was to create a new parking lot of 100 stalls.

Before the planning process began, Council set a minimum target of 120 stalls, a further increase on the originally anticipated 100. As the design progressed, space for parking was increased further to the 132 stalls, a 32 per cent increase on the original estimate when the land was purchased. This is significantly more than the many other popular beach parks along Lakeshore Drive.

The existing temporary gravel parking lot was created, but parking can be disorganized without stall markings, and the lot can reach capacity with anywhere from 90 to 118 stalls. 

In addition to the increased order and capacity through marked parking stalls, the parking lot design also has generous planting boulevards so trees can visually break up the large paved area and provide welcome shade.

The City’s parking counts at the park since July 2016 show the existing lot only reaches capacity during hot, summer days – less than 10 per cent of the year. 

The City is not actively seeking to discourage the use of cars in this case, but it is also always looking to support pedestrians, cyclists and transit users. The plan does include extensions of the multi-use trails along both Watt and Lakeshore roads. 

Commercial redevelopment was always anticipated when the City purchased the property. The sale of the commercial property will generate funds for multi-use trails and other recreation and park amenities.

In fact, this proposed plan actually increases the area to be designated as park. It is also an opportunity to reclaim some of the highly valuable land near the beach to increase the recreational area of the park, and add additional amenities, for the benefit of all park users. 

Contrary to claims in the letter, this plan provides more than double the parking stalls available before the land was purchased, retains more parkland than originally anticipated, funds the improvements largely through profits achieved on the land sale, increases the recreational area of the park and adds valuable amenities such as additional volleyball courts and multi-use trails.



Switch the dial

It is perhaps more than obvious that ‘you’ do not listen to CBC. Comments that refer to CBC like, “people love their information” and “for those preferring music over (CBC) news and talk,” sadly illustrates that you are missing out on some of the best music and music programs in Canada and the World. 

Switch the dial, and you’ll hear that nearly 20% of us are enjoying some really good ‘tunes’.  Not to mention the excellent comedy, stories and conversation.

Cynthia Boldt

End to illegal dumping

As seen in the past while, you have been reporting on a growing issue of “illegal dumping” around the Okanagan. 

The attached picture was sent by a very good friend who took his daughter fishing at Oyama Lake on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017.  The ignorant, disrespectful  people that leave these kinds of messes are not worthy of enjoying our beautiful outdoors. I really hope that you can bring this to light, and make people responsible for their actions.  We live in too gorgeous of a place to have idiots like this going up into the woods, and making a mess of it.

There were people staying at the Oyama Lake Resort that said they have pics of the vehicles, and the people that left this disgusting mess.  I really hope the police can look into this, and if this is reported and shown on local news enough times, people might just think twice before doing it again.

Global CHBC had a report not long ago where the papers left in the garbage, led them to the “rightful” owner of the mess.  I hope that with a little work on the polices behalf we can find these guys as well.

Kurt Carter


Good Samaritan to rescue

I was recently riding my bike down Ritcher Street, with my young son, when my chain came off. 

I struggled to put it back on when a good Samaritan came to my rescue.

I am proud to live in a city where its citizens still help those in need. There are still good people in the world! Thank you Bradley!

Amy Smart

Playing a vital role

On behalf of Interior Health, I would like to respond to the letter to the editor that appeared May 23 regarding Martin Street Centre in Penticton.
Martin Street is playing a vital role in addressing issues of substance use, mental health and primary care health services for the community’s most vulnerable population.
While substance use and homelessness continue to be a challenge throughout the region, the staff and physicians at Martin Street and our partners in the community are working hard to be part of a solution.  Since Martin Street opened in 2015, 746 patients who didn’t have a family doctor are now under the care of a physician. The centre is helping a high risk population take care of their own health, with reports of fewer Emergency Department visits and decreased walk-in clinic use.
Martin Street Centre is working to ensure that the plaza is kept as safe and clean as possible for clients and for the public. To do so, we are working with our landlord to have new signage posted and we are having the bench outside removed to deter any loitering. Surveillance equipment has also recently been installed. We continue to work with RCMP, who have increased the amount of routine surveillance done in the general area.
We are committed to open communication. We will be issuing a community update in the coming weeks to share further details about Martin Street’s success, and invite additional feedback from our neighbours.

Kevin Fraser, Manager
MHSU Penticton, Interior Health

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