To the editor:
Re: Cedar Avenue lakeside park/commercial development proposal.
Once again council fails to act positively on the wishes of the thousands who feel betrayed if any part of their lakeside property is used for commercial development.
In deferring meaningful decisions for one reason and another council, very likely, hopes we will all go away, exhaust our opposition, or simply expire.
New council suggestions still include overpowering commercial exploitation.
Doing the right thing for the whole of Kelowna must be the immediate rezoning (phase one and phase two) from C9 (commercial) to P3 (parkland). Doing otherwise will only spark years more of city manipulation, deferment, public expense and argument over the overriding importance of more, rather than less, lakeside green space. This property acquisition by an earlier visionary council should now be honoured in its original intent.
If you haven’t already done so, take a walk along the beach in question. It encompasses an entire bay with a magnificent southern view. It’s an example of earlier unobstructed, pristine outlooks along our lake. From Cedar Avenue go north on Abbott Street and note the blocks to the east—across from this park opportunity. They are ripe for commercial development.
Build there—allow the great and progressive South Pandosy rejuvenation to provide all the amenities the city is touting but, unlike the city plan, with no obstruction. Imagine the green oasis for all residents as well as the many more who soon will be and already are living in this area.
Add to that the tourists who crowd the beaches in season.
Call your councillors, or send a letter. The purchase of future lakeshore properties to replace what we already own will be exorbitant. If they cannot widen their perspective on this most important issue we will have the opportunity, at the upcoming civic election, to choose a council who might seriously listen. One, perhaps, with a better understanding of the importance of rescuing such a great park opportunity from commercial development.