An accident waiting to happen

Concrete orca is far too slippery for young children to play on

I am concerned about the slippery, concrete killer whale in the Parksville Waterpark  and the concrete surfaces.

This is a definite hazard that is in need of some serious 20-year upgrading and financial attention.

Obviously, the City of Parksville has not yet experienced litigation, and I would like to give a heads-up in terms of some serious childhood injury prevention.

Toddlers enjoy learning to climb and balance, and the current wet and concrete tail and backslopes of the  summer water spraying orca are only inviting various levels of childhood injury — head and bones — during the various seasons.

This weekend, while watching my cousin’s toddler, I managed to save another little one from more serious fall, and injury, after a verbal warning.

Little children wander, and can’t be watched all the time — especially, when the supervision of other children is involved.

Having grown up in Parksville, and knowing the attraction in the waterfront, it is time for Parksville council to re-invest in some childhood safety and design in the playpark.

It has become outdated, and a little bit unsafe for the toddlers and their parents- both local and visiting.

Does anyone remember the lighthouse metal slide from the late 1970s? As well, I am pleased that none of us lost limbs on the spinning and bumping witches hat — which was a great ride, and entirely dangerous.  We now live in a world of cushions and potential liabilities.

Lori Evans

Ladysmith