EDITORIAL – City at least half right with proposal for McIsland golf property

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An 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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4 Comments on EDITORIAL – City at least half right with proposal for McIsland golf property

  1. Gail Russell // May 7, 2018 at 5:08 PM // Reply

    Strongly recommend a Nature Park, perhaps in combination with walkers or runners. period. No disc golf. No commercialization. Don’t need more traffic congestion.

  2. Yes, because Kamloops is overrun with dog parks….sarcasm intended

  3. Mel, you should know that the disc golfers bring a lot of revenue to the city in the form of hotel stays, meals, etc. You should also know that the Kamloops dic golf club also has a large portion of costs covered with already having the baskets and much of the tee pad material. As The Tournament Capital, this only makes sense for Kamloops as it gives the ability to once again host world class disc golf tournaments. Several local courses have been lost including the Rose Hill East side. These tournaments can bring in upwards of 500 to 1000 people for 3-5 days in what are typìcally shoulder seasons for us in the interior of BC. Nature parks, hikers, mountain bikers, and many more clubs have been coexisting with disc golf courses for decades in our province.

  4. A disc golf area would be used by a relatively small group of people and this use is totally incompatible with a natural area. A natural area also does make considerable sense from a financial output in public funds as well. All this has been said and championed by many people since the moment this property reverted back to the City.

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