To the editor:
A wonderful event took place May 5. (Council Opts for Expanded Park Size, May 6 Capital News.) A democratic vote took place at Kelowna city council.
So now there is hope that this long-planned park could actually happen.
The problem is, of course, the highly inflated cost of over $4 million.
The mayor was greatly displeased by this vote as was Ron Seymour who’s May 9th rant [Daily Courier] laid the blame on a noisy “mini-mob” and expects outrage from other municipalities whose park funds might become non-existent.
These “community advocates” were, in fact, representative of all communities who value lake protection and the promise of earlier councils.
The other choice for council would have sold about half the park land. Indeed, the city’s plan is enormously grandiose and if they truly worry about ‘the puplic purse’ surely it is up to them to at least consider the simpler parts of their great plan and proceed with (some) of the rest over time as is usually done.
In a world more and more reconfigured, redesigned and harnessed, this marvellous long bay remains a relic of the once many natural beaches in Kelowna. With a whole lot less expenditure and developed with a view to this individuality, both Southgate and the city would be enriched. As a member of the “mini-mob” I am hopeful of a sensible solution.