Letter: Westside beach accesses don’t need washrooms

Washrooms not needed at beach access.

To the editor:

I could not resist responding to John Andersen’s letter in various newspapers.

Washrooms! Why on earth would he consider that washrooms would be needed at the beach access park on Whitworth Road?

There are no washrooms on the majority of beach accesses in Kelowna and the same goes for the Westside.

Mr. Andersen conveniently forgets that we have a washroom block in The Gellatly Nut Farm—a mere few hundred yards from the access in question!

As for the “barriers” on either side of the park, that is no problem. The majority of parks are fenced. There is a metal railing all the way round the Marina Park. Even if the Gellatly Road property is knocked down, on one side there will still be a fence that belongs to the neighbouring property.

The wall and fence at Whitworth Road will become background and support for any planting that is done there. Also it will prevent children from losing balls and help parent’s corral their children within park bounds.

The existence of these boundaries will also minimize expenses to the municipality when they rehabilitate the access. They won’t have to erect fences in the park.

All residents of West Kelowna are able to get the full benefit of all public spaces if they choose to avail themselves of them. Why will adding another 25 feet to an existing park make that much of a difference?

Utilizing a flat access park to sit and enjoy a picnic, or read a book or launch a kayak or canoe, will attract more people than 25 extra feet added to an existing park.

It is only when you have taken a walk down the beach access and seen the space available from fence to wall on Whitworth Road that you will be able to appreciate what many people are happy to give up.

For those of us whose families have lived here for many generations and who have watched the expansion of our home town, the possible loss of valuable beach access is a terrible travesty of sensibility.

Keep a tight hold on our community property because the long term value of its loss it way over the paltry $800,000 that’s offered to buy it.

Ferne Jean,

West Kelowna