Letters to the editor
CIty Park concept
Sep 4, 2013 / 4:10 pm
I have made comments on the concept plan for City Park as have many others, and you will notice that the overwhelming majority think it is VERY BAD IDEA to put a large information centre, with parking for cars and recreation vehicles within the park. Do we really want to have large motorhomes, some pulling cars, to find their way into one of the most congested parts of downtown Kelowna, and take up a large part of the grassland for parking these rigs?
I could understand that a small kiosk for walking visitors located in that area could be useful, but even a scaled down information centre with parking as some have suggested is a very poor use of one of the most beautiful and well used parts of the city.
There have been many suggestions that a new Tourism Office should be where traffic coming off the bridge can easily pull off and back on the highway. But don't, please, destroy the park with that idea for for tourist information. We should follow the example set by other cities, and locate the Offices on the outskirts of town where visitors can learn about Kelowna and plan their visit. Consider locating an information centre between UBC and the Airport so those driving down from the north, and for those arriving by air and renting a car can easily, in a leisurely environment, find out what they need to know. From the south, it would be preferable to have an information centre somewhere just before the bridge, but utilizing the old McDonalds site or even part of the old school property at Richter wold be much preferable to a location in the park.
No increase in road traffic through the park should be considered. More cars, trucks, bikes etc will make a congested park with exhaust polluting the air.
On the subject of the Lawn Bowling Club - people seem to see it as a hang out for seniors. It is true that most of the members are retired, but there are a number of members who are still working and some that are in their late teens and 20's. Lawn Bowling is a sport for life! The club in City Park is one of the finest lawn bowling facilities in Canada and should be preserved as an historical treasure. Why develop more tennis courts when there are many, many courts around the city but there is only one lawn bowling facility.
Should the future plans insist that the lawn bowling green must go, then I suggest that the city start work right now on a replacement green and clubhouse - perhaps near Parkinson Recreation Centre or near the H2O facility - either area seems to have lots of room.
I have made other suggestions which seem to run counter to the build and destroy "concept plan". I trust that the Mayor and Council will see that the residents do not want very much of that plan.
Politicians seem to have as their first priority - to get re-elected. Voting for and implementing that plan runs counter to that first priority. The people are not happy.
Donald M. Timuss
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