Letter: Don’t beat down a visionary project

What we currently have to offer the many visitors to our beautiful city, in my opinion, needs help.

To the editor:

After reading your cover story in the Nov. 21 Capital News edition about the Kelowna Mountain development, as the guy who came in (a distant) third in the last civic mayoral elections, I figured I’d throw in my two cents worth of opinion.

First, I would like to clarify that I am not a shareholder or investor of any sort in this project.

My only perspective is what I have observed with my own two eyes.

I would like to start by saying that I personally think Kelowna is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and that we have assets that other cities could only dream of.

The lake, the mountains and the climate—in fact, it’s apparent to me that Kelowna’s “destination tourism” offerings are the lifeblood of our community, and should be enhanced and expanded upon as much as possible.

This is also, however, where it’s my opinion that we could improve ourselves big-time.

What we currently have to offer the many visitors to our beautiful city, in my opinion, needs help.

In the summer, we have the beaches, the H20 aquatic centre, golfing and Scandia.

In the winter, we have Big White ski hill, the H20 centre and Scandia.

Other than some smaller exceptions, that’s pretty much it.

Now along comes this Mark Consiglio character who tries to change all that.

In fact, what it looks to me like he’s trying to do is make lemonade (i.e. a world class, visionary, community enhancing development) out of lemons (i.e a fire devastated, uninhabitable mountain eyesore.)

In fact, this Consiglio character has the nerve to try to offer our tourists the opportunity to tread on gigantic suspension bridges, to come and see a massive sundial, to sit in a cave with a waterfall and a chandelier on the roof, to go snowboarding, to watch concerts while overlooking our gorgeous lake and on and on—hang on, I think maybe I will invest.

For my two cents worth, guys like this Consiglio character don’t come along every day.

Guys with this kind of vision don’t come along every day.

Guys who have the guts to put themselves out there, guys who take chances and try to make things like this happen, don’t come along every day.

To me, I think our local politicians should step up and start making some statements about the value to our community a project of this scope and vision brings.

This will perhaps keep the bureaucrats and naysayers and sceptics at bay while he continues to make incredible and truly visionary things happen.

And perhaps our local newspapers should be a little more positive in reporting on what has already been accomplished and what can be accomplished with guys like Consiglio and the Kelowna Mountain development.

I know I, for one, like what I’m seeing.

Cal Condy,



Kelowna Capital News