Time has come for an arena in the South Shuswap

An arena for South Shuswap Area C? Why not? I for one believe it is well past time.

An arena for South Shuswap Area C?

Why not? I for one believe it is well past time.

Perhaps we have spent enough money on projects in other communities and on parks and trails?

There are upcoming meetings scheduled by the CSRD at 7 p.m., Sept. 16, 17 and 18 at the Sorrento, Eagle Bay and White Lake community halls to discuss parks and recreation.

I think it would be a good time to tell these folks that perhaps we need to refocus our spending, keeping our tax dollars in our own communities for the benefits of the residents.

Did you know $60,800 a year is funneled out of our communities to support the arena in Salmon Arm? And then consider how far that amount of money would have went to support a facility of our own.

There needs to be more to an area than golf courses and hiking trails; most of which I expect are used by the more affluent, over-30 segment of the population.

There are precious little facilities in our communities which will accommodate affordable winter sports for pre-schoolers, grade schoolers or the youth and young adults of our communities, let alone their parents or grandparents.

Anyone who goes to the park on a cold winter day and sees how busy the outdoor rink is will easily understand our need for a real arena.

What is needed is young folks with families to step up, take charge and begin the process. Perhaps you can start by attending one of these upcoming meetings and make your thoughts known.

Somebody make a phone call, and take the bull by the horns. This no-hair would be happy to help out anyway I can.

Donald W. Reed