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City of Penticton seeks long-term operator of Skaha Marina

Request for proposal wants management agreement for the marina lasting up to 25 years

The City of Penticton has a rare opportunity available for a private marina operator looking for a long-term investment — a management agreement to operate the popular Skaha Marina for up to 25 years.

The management of the Skaha Lake-based marina is multi-faceted and includes boat moorage, a boat accessory retail store, gas dock with fuel sales, watercraft and equipment rentals, the operation of a café or licensed restaurant and more.

By offering a long-term management operating agreement of the marina, the Penticton City Council hopes the operator will consider the opportunity as an investment in the community, as well as a wise business decision.

New management and improvements to the marina are part of the City’s Skaha Lake Park East Plan and the request for proposal (RFP) lays out the requirements, including plans for marketing, operations, maintenance, design and construction, environmental protection, financial contribution and viability, and risk mitigation.   

Penticton City Council approved the recommended Skaha Lake Marina: Request for Proposal September 7 and is accepting proposals until November 30, 2021.  The RFP document provides details and submission requirements. It is anticipated, the operator will be selected by January 15, 2022 with a schedule to take over the marina that same April.

The Skaha Marina has been an important part of Penticton’s popularity since the 1950s, when the city first began to draw tourists during the summer months for outdoor activities. Today, Penticton and the Skaha Marina are still famous for their warm-weather recreational opportunities, but also now welcome visitors throughout the year with a year-round café or licensed restaurant.

The city of Penticton, which sits in the middle of B.C.’s wine country, is situated between Skaha Lake and Okanagan Lake and has a population of almost 34,000 people — and growing.

The City is following its purchasing policies to conduct the selection process in an open, competitive manner. The selection committee will be comprised of senior City staff and will include the Chair of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

The committee will also receive technical support from a marina consultant with Waters Edge Engineering based in Kelowna. Once the successful proponent is identified, a draft of the Management Operating Agreement will be reviewed publicly through the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee before it is considered or entered into by Council.