Letter: Another concrete box on precious lake front
To the editor:
The City of Kelowna has floated the idea of having a tourist centre at the western end of Queensway and I believe there are preliminary plans to include a two storey building with offices above the proposed tourist centre.
I think it would be a preposterous idea to put yet another concrete box on the only remaining piece of open waterfront in the city. Why not purchase the Fintry Queen, haul her out of the lake before she sinks, and convert her into a tourist centre? Maybe add a tea garden on the lake side that would also serve the Stuart Park ice rink in the winter. Surely this would be a more attractive and historically appealing option.
Of course it wouldn’t bring in any revenue for the city coffers but offices are not going to attract or delight any tourists and would definitely not add anything to the scenery.
Also, a two storey building would certainly impede any existing views of the lake and, after all, it is the natural beauty of the lake and mountains, combined with our many city amenities, that are the important attractions for tourists.