The owner of Concrete Fitness wants to have competition from City-run programs eliminated.
He also does not want to see any future gym expansion at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. Why? He wants to make more money for himself. Bottom line.
In his quest for more profits, the owner of Concrete Fitness wants to deny the people of Williams Lake the choice of joining a private, for-profit fitness club or signing up at a publicly-operated fitness facility.
This makes as much sense as saying we need to get rid of public schools because they compete with private institutions or that we must eliminate public libraries because they take business away from bookstores.
I hope the owner of Concrete Fitness realizes that a large number of people who reside in this area enjoy the high quality fitness programs offered by the City.
He must be aware that these affordable programs contribute greatly to the health and well being of a great number of our citizens.
I’m sure he knows that making improvements to the gym at the complex would benefit the many patrons who use that facility now and will in the future.
What the owner of Concrete Fitness doesn’t seem to understand is that these publicly-sponsored recreation programs and facilities are important to the fabric of our community and that they help make Williams Lake an attractive place to live.
It seems that he is ignorant of the fact that these publicly supported programs serve a wide socioeconomic cross-section of people in Williams Lake and give them the opportunity to have access to fitness programs and facilities.
I have nothing against private fitness facilities. Using these facilities is a choice many people make.
However, the owner of a private health club wanting to eliminate public fitness programs and trying to dictate what can be built at a public facility reflects his ignorance of the value of fitness options for a community as well as a fair amount of greed.