Coun. Kathy Sinclair’s thoughts on last week’s council decision to include disc golf on the old executive-golf course property on McArthur Island:
Sometimes, decisions aren’t easy. This was one.
Last May, Council gave the direction for the Kamloops Naturalists’ Club & Kamloops Disc Golf Club to work together with the City on planning a multi-use park that would incorporate natural elements along with disc golf. I knew both elements could work well together, because I’d used parks that incorporate both before.
I love spending time in nature. It’s especially important in our “wired” age, and it’s crucial for our mental and physical health. I have no vested interest in disc golf, but I know it’s a healthy and accessible activity for all ages, the activity is not constant (look at Rose Hill), and the etiquette of the players is to be considerate of other park users.
Public consultation that was done for use of the former golf course included terms such as “green space,” “nature,” “natural” and, yes, “disc golf.”
While the plan for both groups to work together didn’t go as smoothly as hoped, I’m optimistic that this past Tuesday’s decision will yield a shared park with a whole host of uses for everyone, including a chance to spend time in and learn about nature. The multi-use park plan remains to be approved by Council in the 2019 supplemental budget.
You may not agree with this decision. I respect that, and hope that, even in the face of disagreement, we express ourselves with care and respect for one another.