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Locomotive leaves park

The locomotive at Lakawanna Park in Penticton has left the station.

According to city communications officer Simone Blais, not only was it a target for vandals and the homeless, but investigations by facilities staff found the structure had significant decay that was beyond repair.

Given it was used for climbing and playing, the structure posed a public safety risk requiring removal.

"It is unfortunate the popular locomotive could not be saved," she said. "But ensuring the safety of children was paramount. The city did try to find an alternate location for the train, but all indications showed the train wouldn’t have survived the journey."

The Lakawanna washroom/concession building was built in 2001-02, and the train at that time was also put in – called  Lakawanna Station as part of a rail theme that included the waterpark.

The project came to be as part of a lease agreement with the concession operator.

To honour the locomotive theme in the area, the city is investigating a mural for the building.

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