PENTICTON, B.C. – The City of Penticton is boosting efforts to prevent thefts at a popular recreation site.
Theft and vandalism at the Skaha Bluffs parking lot was rampant last summer.
“Climbers would be off climbing and while they were doing that, someone comes along and smashes a window and steals everything ,” says Rick Leslie with the Skaha Bluffs Park Watch Society.
To help save the rock climbing attraction’s reputation, the City of Penticton has agreed to pay $15,000 toward a parking lot attendant for the 2016 season.
“We recognize the significance of having a world renowned climbing area,” says Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “It brings outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world.”
The Park Watch Society is still fundraising to pay for full time security and hope local businesses may help.