Letter: Kelowna’s downtown is a sorry mess

I can’t for the life of me see where almost $1 million went for [City Park washroom] building.

To the editor:

I decided to go for my first bike ride of the season recently. I fastened my helmet, and away I went.

I rode north on Richter Street to Highway 97 and proceeded west to City Park. While riding through the park, I came across the $800,000 outhouse.

I got off my bike while talking with several other tax-paying homeowners. They were, to say the least, astonished.

After a little discussion, we looked through the wall perforations. There was no privacy whatsoever. A person is able to see directly into the bathrooms from all angles.

I can’t for the life of me see where almost $1 million went for this building.

Our mayor and council need their heads read after spending our hard-earned tax dollars on this building with no discussion at all.

After I cooled down a bit, I continued along to the foot of Bernard Avenue. I stopped and looked east and just stood there and shook my head. I continued on to the foot of Queensway, where I looked around for a few minutes. I imagined myself standing here after this big travel centre would be built.

What I saw in my mind was another attempt by Walter Gray and his puppets to block the average person’s enjoyment of lake views.

Here is a suggestion for you Walter: You have a nice big parking lot adjacent to your City Hall office on the north side. Build it there. It is away from the lake, it is downtown, it leaves parking downtown, which there is a shortage of already—and it won’t block the beautiful lake views.

Here is another thought: City staff can park in one of the two parkades that are close to City Hall.

Let’s put that to a vote.

As I left that location, I travelled back to Bernard and headed toward Gordon. Again, I looked at Bernard and thought to myself: What a bloody eyesore. The street is lined with sticks that look ridiculous as well as out of place. It is filled with crap hanging all over the place and is a dirty, pathetic, sorry-looking street. I’ve seen better looking streets along East Hastings in Vancouver. What a great waste of our money.

And to top it all off, Gray actually thought he would win the nicest looking street in Canada contest? What a joke.

If the city had given any thought to downtown, they would have closed off a four or five block area, cobbledstoned it, put up decorative lighting that was in keeping with the age of the buildings downtown, as they did along Abbott Street, and made it into one big shopping area with no traffic, where people could walk around or sit out at tables and chairs to eat with no fumes, as they do in most European small cities, almost everyone would have voted yes for that.

The merchants, in all likelihood, would have doubled or tripled their business.

But, no, here we are stuck with this ugly, filthy mess.

Ian MacLean,



Kelowna Capital News

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