Locomotive pulls out of Lakawanna Park

The City of Penticton recently removed the landmark locomotive at Lakawanna Park on Lakeshore Drive. The children's playground fixture was suffering from rot and vandalism.
Image Credit: City of Penticton

PENTICTON -The Lakawanna Park locomotive has left the station for good.

The wooden replica of a train locomotive has been a familiar sight at the small Lakeshore Drive park for years. As part of the children’s playground, it was often used by children for climbing and playing on.

City of Penticton spokesperson Simone Blais said the city recently found the locomotive to have significant decay.

“It was also a target for vandals and the homeless. It’s unfortunate it could not be saved, but ensuring the safety of children was paramount,” Blais said, adding the city did try to find an alternate location for the train, but all indications were the train would not have survived the journey.

Blais said the city is looking at the idea of placing a mural on the washroom building in order to continue paying homage to the area’s locomotive theme.

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