I wanted to touch base on an opinion piece I had in the paper a few weeks ago regarding the overhaul of Riverside Park.
I had a few responses from the community in regard to my approach and overall opinion on the project, as I find it’s being poorly executed in regards to how the funds are being distributed.
I realize the funds are a part of a grant, nonetheless, one in which can be utilized to beautify a community.
I still feel strongly in regards to Vanderhoof acquiring pool facilities as I feel the community can benefit on many levels year round.
I have been accustomed to my neighbouring communities back east being equipped with pool facilities. – facilities that have provided a service to children and adults to learn how to swim.
They serve many purposes whether it is leisurely, for exercise or a break from the heat of summer – pools eventually pay for themselves and provide an invaluable service to the communities they populate.
I couldn’t help but become aware of the amount of people that take to the Nechako River for a swim or to float downstream.
With no law enforcement present on the river during the summer months, swimmers are prone to venture out with alcoholic beverages with no regard for their safety.
I have noticed no intent on their behalf to strap on a life jacket or any means of safety gear.
There’s no doubt that a swimmer under the influence and ill equipped with the necessary gear to fight against the unpredictable current can be at risk of drowning.
I feel as though this community needs to recognize what is best for its residents going forward.
Vanderhoof needs other avenues to accommodate for those wanting to become involved in community activities year round.
The community needs a voice, so lets “dive in!”