Wild Rapids park shutting down

Dear Editor:

The Wild Rapids Waterpark in Sylvan Lake, Alberta is closing (Calgary Herald June 29).

In the article, the town’s economic development officer,Vicki Kurz, stated the town is negotiating with Wild Rapids owner Bear Development Corporation for the 2 hectares of land now occupied by the waterslide. Kurz claims the town recognizes the land is highly valued for future public recreation because “we’re currently over crowded on the beach side, we need more lake front space .”

She also said the public would be consulted on that land’s future use and that the waterslide had exhausted it’s business cycle.

Charlie Everest, the waterslide park general manager, stated over $1 million was needed to keep it up to health and safety standards and that wasn’t fiscally feasible.

He claims he’s seen it coming as the mounting upkeep and other overhead costs have made admission fees steadily climb, so it is not as affordable for the general public. The slide is just over 30-years-old.

How strange senior staff at Penticton City Hall could not click a few keys on their computer and contact other cities that have waterslides and lakefront properties.

When the 29-year lease is up with Trio , Penticton City taxpayers will inherit another expensive mess, as no clean up bond was requested by our City.

When did public servants stop serving the public?

It would seem our elected officials are serving the needs of developers and not the needs of the people who pay to build it, then pay to use it.

We then pay to clean up the ridiculous, avoidable, foolish mistakes made by the people we pay to look after our interests — politicians and senior staff.

Lynn Crassweller

Penticton