Letter: Proposed use of Centennial Field questioned

Writer raises Sorrento/Blind Bay Park as example of how community space can be developed

I am opposed to the adoption of Bylaws 5800, 2019 & 5801, 2019., using the AAP process.

A new park in Blind Bay? Yes. But I too think about hidden issues on the site, versus the price.

On that piece of land, where do you put all the amenities talked about? Most require a lot of space – picnic areas, sports fields, playground equipment, skateboard park, sheltered area for seniors, washrooms, Canada Day, parking for the masses.

I can’t see a regulation soccer or a fenced ball field with bleachers sharing space with the band stand.

Not my idea, but what if one dealt around the hidden issues, and the seller gave a tax advantaged donation. If the price is down by 50 per cent, then purchase the other 12 acre parcel, debts the same. Robust sport activities, BMX track, fields, fences and bleachers, etc., at the second location away from the quieter activities, that I am certain most would like to see at the Centennial Field location. The best of both worlds.

Read more: Centennial Field purchase under fire at CSRD open house

Read more: Column: Questions and answers about Centennial Field, part 3

This could be doable, but we need a few more old school doers with ingenuity. The Sorrento Park was built with less than $250,000.00 to work with. We bare-boned the construction/development, maintained quality and made use of contractor generosity, volunteers, service clubs, social clubs, ball clubs, etc. There was no concession, playground equipment, roofed bleachers, or turf grass on the main field. The ball club raised the monies for a good chunk of the cost and other social and service clubs did their part, and it eventually all came together with volunteer labor and equipment.

So, secure the space, develop over time. First things first.

Please get a Elector Response Form, and get it in on time.

Donald Reed


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Larger City of Salmon Arm flusher truck requires bigger building

Council approves $25,000 to extend building in public works yard

Salmon Arm cannabis retailers reflect on legalization

Edible products now legal, not expected to be available until December

CSRD won’t pursue referendum for Centennial Field purchase

Public opposition to borrowing $1.77 million for park land heard by board directors

Memorial bench honours the contribution of former Salmon Arm fire chief Pat Shirley

The Shirley family has a long history with the Salmon Arm department going back to the early 1900s.

ELECTION 2019: It’s so close, it could come down to who turns out to vote

Black Press Media’s polling analyst on the origins of predictive seat modelling in Canada

Leaders pour it on with rallies, boosts for candidates as campaign reaches peak

The federal election campaign has reached a crescendo

Allegations of racism lead to ministry investigation at Vancouver private school

St. George’s School was contacted over school describes as ‘deeply offensive behaviour online’

Not a political question: Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta

Edmonton police estimated the size of the crowd at about 4,000

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

Natalie MacMaster makes Okanagan one of two B.C. stops

Queen of the Fiddle in town Oct. 24

Shooters compete in Summerland

Seven youth participants take aim

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Salmon Arm history in pictures: Apple harvest time

Denis Marshall writes, “Apple-harvest time lent a quickened pace and pungent aroma… Continue reading

Most Read