An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
WHAT ON EARTH is the City thinking, spending almost $5.8 million on an outdoor skating rink, in these times of a struggling economy amid the pandemic?
In a split decision, City council approved Tuesday a second attempt at getting three quarters of that money from federal-provincial infrastructure grants.
The rink was proposed a couple of years ago by a very active group of residents who saw the need for a family focused winter recreation facility. It’s not your grandfather’s skating pond — the one where volunteers sprayed water onto a flat piece of ground and waited for it to freeze.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.