I read that city council is considering selling off five city parks to improve the River Valley Trails.
The River Valley Trail is a jewel in the Williams Lake park system and I believe the expansion and protection of the valley is a priority.
But I can not condone the sacrifice of the inner city parks to pay for it. While all parks are worth protecting I am going to only talk about the park that I am knowledgeable about, Johnson Street Park.
I used the park often growing up as it was a few doors from where I spent a lot of my youth.
I was saddened a few years ago at the loss of the swing set and then the picnic table. So, my question is very simple. Who is going to use a green space void of any facilities, that bares a closer resemblance to a vacant city lot than to a park?
The River Valley Trail is not a suitable park for small children to play.
Not all families have the privilege of being able to drive their children to the Kiwanis Park. Our city fathers had foresight to provide our children with green space, something that our present city council has forgotten. Once it is sold it’s gone forever.