Skaha Bluffs Park Extension

There is a proposal to extend Skaha Bluffs Park to Foreplay Cliff, a fabulous gift by the new land owners/property developers. This includes and protects Maternal, Screeching and all climbing north. Rolf Rybak, our regional Climbers Access Society representative, has been in constant dialogue with the owners who are committed to maintain climbing, biking and recreational access.

Please attend all community planning meetings and support the development and park proposal. The development will include green spaces, trails and ensure our access.┬áPublic consultations are set for September 27, 2017 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the Penticton Seniors’ Drop In Centre; September 30, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Community Market; and October 5, 2017 from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Wiltse Elementary School.

Please attend and voice your support.

2 comments on “Skaha Bluffs Park Extension”

  1. Jacob Reply

    Despite the fact that some of this land is going to be donated to the park, this is not good news. Firstly, the current trail going by foreplay is soon to be a road! Do we really want a road right beside the bluffs? Also this highly sensitive habitat is going to be developed or disturbed by development. The city apparently thinks tax revenue is more important that bighorn sheep. Also people are not going to be able to hike around the northern part of the bluffs. Some crown land is set to be developed as well as that private lot. They are planning to build 180 new houses and to change the whole Wiltse infrastructure so that in the future more can be developed on the bench which is north of Claim-it-all (which would be hundreds more houses). The city has estimated the immediate cost of this at 17.1 million dollars! Even though there is supposedly a “park expansion”, it will actually mean less climbing and less hiking. The only good thing about this project is that it will earn the city an estimated 40 million dollars 60 years from now.

    Please vote no to save our bluffs and save the wildlife!
    The city needs 10 percent of people to write petitions for the project to be cancelled. We have 2 weeks to do this. Please click on this link:
    print this off, fill out and mail or bring to:
    Dana Schmidt, Corporate Officer, City of Penticton, 171 Main Street, Penticton, BC, V2A 5A9
    So far many people have already written petitions. Spread the word and share this! We can stop this project!

  2. Rolf Rybak Reply

    CASBC representatives and other outdoor organizations are actively participating in talks with the developer to maintain recreational access and protect species at risk.
    Let us not forget that the Wiltse N and S subplots are private property and for years have been designated in the Official Community Plan for development.

    The new owners of the development are gratefully deeding a lions share of the property to the Park and conversation, if this proposal is rejected there is nothing stopping the current or future owners from restricting access and enforcing no trespassing . Maternal, Screeching and all areas north are on private property, do you really want to jeopardize access when we have an opportunity to protect this area for future generations.

    We are suggesting to the developer to create a new trail access to Foreplay from the top. The northern east section of that sublot has been designated as conservation area to protect a recognized game corridor for big horn sheep.

    Your theory that the area north of Claim it all , is unfounded. It would require massive infrastructure, new reservoirs and intrusion into the Gowen Mctagget WMA which is a protected area. All the infrastructure cost to upgrade the water systems for this new development will be born by the developer not the city.

    No one wants development in their back yard but this proposal addresses environmental concerns and creates stimulus and jobs for the local economy . I doubt we will ever have a better opportunity to enhance our recreational and environmental opportunities.

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