To the editor
Re: the Marina ParkWhitworth Road Beach Access Land Swap Proposal
I live on Gellatly and have done so for many years.
I have seen the opening of The Gellatly Nut Farm. The transformation of Marina Park into the delightful play area and beach safe space it is now.
The building of The Cove Resort and the walkway on the lake side of the resort. So many changes have taken place.
Meeting and greeting walkers, enjoying the flat lakefront delights me.
It’s so great that people can walk their dogs all along the road from Boucherie to Gellatly, in front of The Cove, through the Nut Farm to Whitworth and eventually to Pebble Beach.
I have also seen the congestion of parking in the summer with trucks and trailers and cars all vying for the limited space along the roadside.
The mix of cars, boats, animals and children amidst such dense traffic scares me.
There is another proposed development due for Gellatly Road.
Almost opposite Marina Park there are plans to construct a Valet Boat Storage business.
When this happens, some parking spaces will be lost to allow an entrance for the business.
The constant to and fro of vehicles hauling boats will make this area of Gellatly Road even busier. Why would enlarging Marina Park, that sits smack bang in the middle of all this vehicle activity, be a sensible idea?
It is my belief that the lands that our municipality inherited from the ministry of highways and the regional district are lands that we are caretaking for the future generations.
It is not our mandate to sell them off for the benefit of those who can afford to buy them. It is our job to improve them and keep them safe so that our grandchildren and their children will always have free access to the beautiful lakefront.
These beach access parks have only come into our possession with the creation of The District of West Kelowna.
There has not yet been time to make improvements to them.
We cannot claim the land back in the future. It will be lost forever.