Letter: Make tourism centre decision for the benefit of all

Parking was probably a good use many years ago when the town was much smaller and residents would launch their boats and park for the day

To the editor:

I agree that the parking lot at the foot of Queensway on our downtown waterfront is terrible use of such beautiful open space and lake views.

Parking was probably a good use many years ago when the town was much smaller and residents would launch their boats and park for the day.

Today, and now that downtown is vibrant with new construction and increasing density, it’s high time to transform that stretch of waterfront so that everyone can enjoy the natural beauty it beholds.

Plopping a large building there to facilitate handing out tourism brochures is just not right, nor is it necessary for Kelowna’s tourism to grow.

With the benefit of hindsight, and despite there also being other suitable locations nearby, perhaps the earlier plan to locate it along Abbott Street where City Park is, would be a much better choice.

I would be delighted if city council would reconsider this location.

It’s been a difficult process and yet it’s not too late to reconsider.

Supposedly, that is why there is a public hearing this coming January [Jan. 24].

Kelowna is destined to become a large and vibrant city.

I hope that our residents will attend the hearing while council carefully makes a decision that will benefit all of Kelowna for generations to come.

Michael Neill, Kelowna