Put some sparkle across the Bennett Bridge

I will always remember Lake Placid, at night, in the ’60s, with their store front windows and trees covered with little sparkling lights.

To the editor:

I will always remember Lake Placid, at night, in the ’60s, with their store front windows and trees covered with little sparkling lights. It looked like a Wonderland!  What an indelible expression of welcome that it gives to those coming to this beautiful upper New York state town.

Imagine, driving through Westbank, coming around the bend in the road and being greeted by a sparkling of lights on the W.C. Bennett Bridge.

Imagine, if everyone looking from Kelowna saw delightful rows of lights joining us to the Westside. Wouldn’t this be a heart-warming spectacle?

San Francisco has its Golden Gate Bridge. London has its London Tower Bridge. Why couldn’t Kelowna have its trademark bridge—a beautifully, well-illuminated centre piece guiding all people who traverse to our special city.

We have spent $46.9 million plus landscaping and parking areas on the H2O Centre, $207,904 on the Bear sculpture in Stuart Park, $177,714 on the Zephyr sculpture and $80,000 on the new logo design. Now, council plans to spend $200,000 on a vague “wall mural” where only a very few people in the city will view it.

Why not designate the wall mural money on a practical and exciting true piece of art for everyone—a glowing bridge to be seen and appreciated by all.

So, please, City of Kelowna, let’s highly illuminate the access to our city, all year round, using energy efficient bulbs, which will cost pennies to maintain and put smiles on our faces, skips in our steps and new ‘sparkle’ to this great city!

Anne Marko,



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