Letter: Slow down, don’t cut down trees

I recently learned that Cataline School is planning to relocate the bus loop from just off Blair Street, to the back of the school.

Editor:

I recently learned that Cataline School is planning to relocate the bus loop from just off Blair Street, to the back of the school.  This plan requires removing a large percentage of the forested area that provides a safe place for kids to play.

I understand the reasoning for the relocation is concern for student safety on the road, as people do not observe the school speed limit.

Where is the public/parent engagement on this decision?  At least two points of discussion are valid: alternative plans to address safety, and the value of the forested play area.

Safety alternatives: post a speed reader to deter speeders like by Marie Sharpe, pay a staff person to flag irresponsible drivers, similar to the paid cross walk attendant Columneetza Campus, request the RCMP to spend a few mornings (45 critical minutes at school start or end would do) to be a presence or hand out tickets.

Value of outside space:  the forest space provides safe, shady outdoor space to burn off energy, be imaginative.

I could go on further about social and health values of playing outside; I’ll leave that to those more informed.  At a practical minimum, the play space keeps kids away from the traffic.  Many schools try to GROW green space, why are we cutting it down?

I’d hate to see such a significant and costly decision made due to a few irresponsible drivers.  Slow down, don’t cut down.

Devon Lyons

Williams Lake

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