Parkade Needed on SOEC/Casino lot

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The South Okanagan Event Centre complex has become far too congested with the addition of the casino and restaurants. There are large events taking place simultaneously (Community Centre, 3 arenas, Trade & Convention Centre, Curling rink, Wine/Tourist Info and Casino/Restaurants) without adequate parking to accommodate. A parkade should have been mandatory at the time the casino was permitted to build in the complex given the casino was built on the existing parking lot in spaces very well utilized. The City of Penticton apparently completed a feasibility study and have determined there is more then enough parking within close proximity. Many disagree with their findings. Especially nearby businesses who lose their own customer parking.

This past week/weekend I personally witnessed Penticton bylaw ticketing vehicles in the complex clearly marked with handicapped signs who because of no other viable parking options had parked their vehicles along the sidewalk between the arenas. Parents and kids remain frustrated at the distance they must walk with all of their hockey/sports equipment to access the arenas for their kids practices and games with spectators abandoning their plans after parking can't be found. 

Please support this petition and share your own frustrations with the lack of parking in this very busy complex.