DPA responds to City Councillor criticism

The Downtown Penticton Association held a media conference Monday to give its side of the story surrounding its recent decision to no longer fund civic events such as Canada Day, BC Day, the Santa Claus Parade, and the Rock the Sun summer concert series.

The DPA has run the events since 2013, spending $141,000 to deliver them last year.

The DPA decided to address the issue after critical comments from councillors Katie Robinson and Jake Kimberley ....Robinson suggesting there be consequences for the DPA dropping the events...Kimberley calling the situation sad.

The DPA says the events do little for its paying membership, noting just 25 per cent of members are retailers.They say they raised the issue with city staff back in November..

DPA executive director Lynn Allin not aware of any other business improvement association in B.C. that manages civic celebrations.