An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
PUBLIC CONSULTATION is a great aspiration for public bodies but Kamloops City council failed the test yesterday on the issue of commercializing Riverside Park.
With only Denis Walsh and Arjun Singh opposed, the council approved a pilot giving Tourism Kamloops rights to manage contracting sporting equipment rentals and food and beverage services at the park.
A couple of weeks ago, in response to requests from the fitness industry to use the park for outdoor classes during COVID (which, by the way, was also approved yesterday), I wrote that allowing some private recreational and service opportunities in the park isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Certainly, mega projects aren’t welcome there and never should be, and anybody who intends to turn the place into a carnival should get the bum’s rush, but a limited number of small-footprint activity-oriented opportunities could enhance the park for everyone’s enjoyment.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, 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.