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EDITORIAL – Please, no dog park at the McArthur Island golf course

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An ArmchairMayor.ca editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

WHAT TO DO with the golf course on McArthur Island?

Owner Bill Bilton has decided to shut it down and end his lease with the City, which will hold open houses to get the public’s opinion on what to do with it.

Here’s my input: keep the grass mowed and the weeds pulled. That’s it.

I’ve heard the idea of a dog park mentioned. Do not, for heaven’s sake, put in a dog park. We have more than enough of them.

Whenever I drive by a dog park, there are at least a few people standing around as their dogs tear back and forth having a good old time.

But dog parks have problems. Dog-park violence is on the rise, and if it hasn’t happened here yet it’s no reason not to be concerned. Aggressive dogs are theoretically banned from Kamloops dog parks but who pays any attention to signs?

A Nova Scotia town has banned children under 12 from dog parks for their own safety, and for hygienic reasons.

So what about a nature park? Not a bad idea, but costly. If the place was kept tidy, and the golf-cart tracks maintained, it would be a swell place to walk around in and look at the Canada geese as they deposit their fertilizer everywhere.

If the City wants to spend money on giving people more places to be outside, how about extending walking trails, and doing something serious about bike lanes?

Bicycles are everywhere, but safety is a major concern as they compete with the automobile.

The Peterson Creek Multi-Use Pathway is an excellent project.

And maybe it’s time to renew the idea with the TIB of closing the loop on the Rivers Trail and extending it down the east side of the river between the Halston and Yellowhead Bridges.

Work on those things, but at the old golf course — just mow the grass and keep it green and tidy.

Mel Rothenburger’s Armchair Mayor editorials appear twice daily Mondays through Thursdays on CFJC- TV. His Armchair Mayor column is published Saturdays on ArmchairMayor.ca and CFJC Today. Contact him at mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.

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ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

5 Comments on EDITORIAL – Please, no dog park at the McArthur Island golf course

  1. Good idea. Leave it natural. Don’t have to spend a ton of money, Maybe a few picnic tables, benches and garbage receptacles. Great place to push a baby stroller, or wheelchair. Deer and geese will love it. NO DOG PARK and NO MORE SOCCER FIELDS. Leave something for just plain old (and young) people.

  2. There is not only a safety issue around the growning use of bikes on city roads but also of shared bike/pedestrian paths in city parks. Last year, my wife was struck by an overtaking bike in Riverside Park and had her left shoulder brutally broken after she was bowled over. My attempts to get the parks authorities to even think about this issue (and possibly propose some rules or changes) was the greatest example of passing the buck down I have ever seen. We were finally referred to a front line worker (park gardener maybe) who described lots of conflicts and her own aversion to even cautioning cyclists (this only invites abuse directed at her).

  3. It is mankind’s destruction of nature everywhere that will cost us the most.

  4. Please no golf course at McCarther island dog park

  5. Sure, I will go for all of that.
    And you are right about money…let’s be conservatives about them.
    Makes me wonder though…the Peterson Creek multi-use path is an excellent project but uberly and unnecessarily costly. Well over 3 millions for less than 2 kilometers…

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