Letter: City buys paddle club a lovely home

The trouble with long-term leases is the sense of ownership they give. Do we suppose the council has been wise enough to prevent that?

To the editor:

So, they said they were the council “For Change” and in their solidarity they have certainly been that. Really, listening to the public does not appear necessary.

“For Change”—they suggested in the beginning that the commercial sale of park property to pay off a debt long since gone.

“For Change” —do not promote the much earlier council’s long-ago well-articulated plan for a simple green park.

“For Change”—set up a “charrette” but demand “parameters” which effectively now prevent true open discussion and insist on the inclusion of the paddle club.

Sudden promotion of the paddle club here. How did that happen? Brilliant. Absolutely no one could possibly argue against such healthy pursuits. How clever to put the public between a rock and a hard place should they suggest another location. Opinions gathered were nearly 100 per cent against it. Why was council in such a fever to set this up?

Recently councillors voted in full accord to extend the club lease to what appears quite open-ended and were enraptured by their success. Indeed, this comic-opera of civic responsibility would be hilarious if it were not so sad.

Nearly 30 per cent of the beautiful bay has gone and if they have time, perhaps more might me sacrificed “For Change. Somehow dollars available earlier for dismantling houses have disappeared—not so for the city money to renovate a gifted clubhouse or sundry other club expenses. We, the owners, have yards and yards of ugly riprap quietly dumped at city expense (Though not in the paddle board area), very little beach—no park—no trespassing and a never-never land. Nothing is now to be cleared so the public cannot appreciate the wonderful 1,000 feet that is rightfully theirs. What great good fortune for a private endeavour—what tremendous loss for the rest of us.

The trouble with long-term leases is the sense of ownership they give. Do we suppose the council has been wise enough to prevent that?

Outlandish millions have been quoted to develop. In fact the original intent of a simple linear green park along this pristine bay could be one of the cheapest to provide.

Well, at least in November, we can all vote “For Change” from the present crew.


J. L. Lambrick,  Kelowna


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