AS THE CITY ASKS FOR PUBLIC INPUT into upgrades to Tournament Capital facilities, a review of the process leading to this week’s decision on the old McArthur Island golf course might be instructive.
Community and protective services director Byron McCorkell took the media on a tour of the TCC on Thursday to explain that improvements are needed to parts of the venue and the City wants opinions from the public on any new directions it should take.
Two days before McCorkell’s tour, City council made a difficult decision on the McArthur Island property. It was one that doesn’t sit well with those who wanted a nature park there but it represents a million-dollar leap of faith in expanding the tournament capital franchise.
It was more than a little ad hoc, less “how does this fit into our vision” and more “we’ve got this piece of land, now what the hell do we do with it?”
Or, as Coun. Arjun Singh described the site on Tuesday, “a piece of dirt.”
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.