We can learn from Toronto

Dear Editor:

Re: “Ducks won’t be going anywhere” by Judy Kurulak from Summerland (Herald, Nov. 16).

Judy you are probably quite right about the ducks not going anywhere should a waterslide be built in the beautiful Skaha Lake Park. They love to swim in the lake, feed on the lush green grass, be lazy under the lovely shade trees throughout the park, probably even get hand outs from the folks who frequent the park on a lazy summer days.

I have driven by that park many times throughout any given summer and see folks within the park walking, sitting, running and playing games with their kids. I have been known to go to the park myself and sit at one of the tables there and read or just watch the coming and going of folks, sometimes even visiting with the folks. It is a wonderful place to meditate.

I appreciate the fact that you spend your money here in Penticton. I too support locally. But, do you honestly think a waterslide is going to bring in a lot of work? We need year-round employment, not three or four months of the summer time work.

Waterslides have never been successful in the past. History has proven that… so what’s next?

A hotel? A condo? A casino? Apartments? Do you think the ducks will stay in the park once it is paved?

How often do you come to Penticton and go the park in question and do a head count? I cannot understand folks saying this park is not used. I think it is used a lot in the summer as I was there three times this past week and there were several people walking, running and walking dogs, even in the inclement weather. I was one of the dog walkers that day and before someone says I don’t scoop, you can think again because I do scoop after my little dog.

I was in Toronto this past summer and was impressed with how much green space they are
conserving along the lake there. Benches for sitting. Picnic tables in place. Trees for shade. Cities big or small needs to preserve their green space and not make it commercialized.

I respect your opinion, Judy, however I think you are wrong. Would you like the shorelines in Summerland to be commercialized?

In closing, I want to thank Elvena Slump for her research and letters to the editor. Keep up the good work Elvena.

Doreen Johnson

Penticton