Opinion

Put biosphere centre on shore

Would it not be more appropriate to locate an interpretive centre closer to where the most people can access it without having to drive there?

How about using some of those surplus budgetary dollars to expropriate, paying fair market value for the land formerly purchased from the Town of Parksville, that foreshore property adjacent to the East of park?

This property was sadly sold with little foresight and without the support of the population, as witness the protests about 20 years ago.

The mayor of the time sorely misread his constituency.

And currently, with so little attention paid to the wishes of the taxpayers, why are we going to go to the expense of revisiting the OCP when councillors can simply deviate at their discretion, as witness the monstrosity now being constructed on our beach against the wishes of anyone I have talked to in this city.

So, how about righting at least one gross error of the past and locate the biosphere interpretive center where more people can use it year round?

It would also be an ideal Brant and other bird viewing location, bordering the estuary of the Englishman. And it would take some of the pressure off the park, which seems to be shrinking.

D.Carson

Parksville

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