LETTER – Thank you for the support on outdoor skating rink project
The Kamloops Outdoor Skating Association is delighted with the announcement that Kamloops City council voted unanimously to allocate the funds needed to get the community skating rink built in Riverside Park.
Thank you very much to all citizens, community organizations, city staff, and council who have supported this over the last five years that KOSA has worked on and advocated for this project.
A vision of a beautiful and family-friendly affordable facility in a central location for all Kamloops citizens – as well as visitors – to enjoy during winter has been a central driving force of our association from the start.
We believe that outdoor skating is a wonderful experience and we’re overjoyed that so many people in our amazing city will be able to enjoy it too.
JAMES GORDON, STEVE GAINEY, NANCY BEPPLE
Kamloops Outdoor Skating Association
$5 million on a skating surface, not a rink, but a surface and this doesn’t include the operational expenses estimated at over $100,000 annually. Rather than spend this money on a safe swimming area at Riverside Park with a rock jetty or lagoon where thousands could enjoy a safe place to swim, we’re spending $5 million on top of the $6 million we spent last year so dozens can skate in the park. We have 6 indoor skating rinks with plans for 3 more and at least that many outdoor rinks within the city but we only have one outdoor swimming pool and no safe area to swim in the river and the decision is to spend $5 million on a skating surface. Hoy!