An ArmchairMayor.ca editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
WELL, IT LOOKS like the City is on the right track with the question of what to do with the McArthur Island mini-golf property. A report will come to Council tomorrow revealing that, by a substantial margin, people want it to be largely left alone as a natural and passive area.
Maybe a few trails to make it a nice place for a walk. No dog parks, no RV parking, no pickleball courts.
And that’s as it should be. Cost was a big consideration during the public-input sessions last December.
I hate to tell you I told you so, but I did. Last October I proposed that, basically, the grass be mowed and the weeds pulled.
The Kamloops Naturalist Club convinced me with their proposal for a low-cost, low-maintenance nature park. That’s the broadest use for the most people.
A less convincing proposal is to build an 18-hole disc golf course on the property. The Kamloops Disc Golf Club already has a course. There are others in the region as well.
Disc golf, if you don’t already know, is a game in which players toss Frisbees at targets. Lowest score wins, similar to golf. And while the local club says it’s one of the most active in B.C., it doesn’t strike me as something Kamloopsians in general will necessarily want to invest their tax dollars in.
At the least, disc golfers should expect to do a heap of fundraising, just like the skateboarders did when they wanted a skate park.
At any rate, the City report recommends that the Naturalists and the disc golfers work together on a concept for the 7.5 hectares of land available from the old mini-golf.
The nature park and disc-golf combination has strong support from the Parks and Recreation Commission, and a plan will come forward later this year with estimated costs, and construction expected next year.
And we thank them for not throwing in another dog park.
I’m Mel Rothenburger, the Armchair Mayor.
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