To the editor:
Our mayor [Kelowna mayor Walter Gray] has now added chain link fencing to his fascinations with re-bar and concrete. This in his war to prevent Cedar Avenue Park becoming what it was designed to be.
This city’s charrette by its seven strict “parameters” hamstrings open public opinion in a direction engineered by the city. There is, in fact, no need for any great consultation over this property as that was decided many years ago by a council with far more long-term vision than those who sit there today. Those earlier councils are on record, when purchasing the properties over 20 years ago, that all of them were bought specifically for a future lakeside park. At least they understood, even in 1987, with soaring land prices and population, the necessity of saving beach-front for the public.
Now Gray’s intent is somehow to make money out of all this by breaking the some 1,000 feet into pieces. It would appear, even with our exploded population, that he believes we already have enough access to beaches.
Walter and his crew have, in fact, created a problem where there was none. These city maneouvers seem at the least unethical and, by some, illegal.
Just remove the houses (for which the city has received many years of rent) and leave the park alone. Southgate and the city will profit far more by preserving this irreplaceable bay.