SOEC should follow Propsera

Penticton Herald - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor: Has any­one no­ticed how full the park­ing lot at the South Okana­gan Events Cen­tre has been lately? I have been watch­ing this for months.

Ev­ery time I go by, it is at least half full. I drove through the SOEC park­ing lot on Thurs­day at 12:15 p.m. and took par­tic­u­lar no­tice that this park­ing lot was three-quar­ters full. Most of the spots that were avail­able were near the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre.

I spoke to one of the at­ten­dants at the SOEC ticket booth and she told me that this is nor­mal. It is full of cars from the hockey school at­ten­dees.

If this is true, why are the peo­ple of Pen­tic­ton sub­si­diz­ing the hockey school in this man­ner? This is, I ex­pect, a very prof­itable busi­ness.

All this park­ing is free, folks. Yet if you go buy tick­ets to a con­cert they ding you for 10 bucks.

Pen­tic­ton city coun­cil is con­stantly look­ing at ways to in­crease rev­enue and yet they are ig­nor­ing a con­stant large stream of rev­enue.

Pros­pera Place in Kelowna charges for park­ing at any time on their lots. And they have full-time park­ing at­ten­dants ag­gres­sively mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

Who pays for all this wear and tear? Once again no one is pro­tect­ing the bot­tom line of the Pen­tic­ton tax­pay­ers. El­vena Slump Pen­tic­ton

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