Does youth not value park land?

Dear Editor:

It was both a pleasure and an adrenaline rush to be part of the human chain at Skaha Lake Park this past Sunday.

I did not know what to expect when I pulled up to the park that day, but was ecstatic to find the place buzzing with life. In excess of 900 bodies, even with a park that size you couldn’t have fit a shoehorn into the gaps between us.

It’s difficult to describe the feeling of so many neighbors standing together united for a cause, but to say it’s a good one is an understatement. While I wasn’t surprised to be one of the few young timers there at 28 years old, it was somewhat disappointing not to see more of my age group involved.

Perhaps my generation does not value park land so much as having fun, or the misguided belief that a waterslide willcreate jobs and stimulate an already thriving tourism industry.

Perhaps we simply do not care, or perhaps we are all so busy staring into our iPhone screens and updating our dozen plus social media pages that the world just sort of passes us by.

Whatever the reason may be, I hope it is not a reflection of how younger generations and mine truly feel about the park, because if that’s the case, then I was certainly born in the wrong decade.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all in favour of development, but only if the place and venues are right. Let’s start thinking more along the lines of sustainability, and less along the lines of water parks in the middle of droughts.

Mayor and council, if the message isn’t clear enough yet and you still think you can ignore us and push this through, then Mr. Jakubeit, not only has democracy taken a “backseat” as you so hypocritically stated, but it never made it on the bus in the first place!

Does the word “dictatorship” start to ring a bell yet?

Robin G. Hoeger

Penticton