EDITORIAL: A bad decision

Both the arena and pool are closed on Family Day in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Ah, Family Day, a great time to gather the children, force the teens away from the video games and head to the local ice rink. Thoughts turn to holding the hand of a wobbly toddler just learning to skate, or watching your 12 year-old fumble through awk-

ward, pre-dating contact with a boy or girl he/she might or might not like to kiss some day.

Or perhaps you are a little older and decide to drag the old tube skates out of the garage so you can feel the wind rush through you hair as you zip around the rink, getting a chuckle out of the wobbly toddler, the awkward teens and the parents trying deal with all of that.

Oceanside Place, what a great place to go on Family Day. Not so much. We are disappointed to report, as you may have found out yourself yesterday, Oceanside Place was closed on Family Day.

No worries, you said as you packed away the mittens, helmet and skates, we’ll just head to Ravensong Pool. It’s chilly enough outside and the kids will love to splash around in the pool while I soak in the hot tub or enjoy a good sweat in the sauna.

Not so fast, family guy. Ravensong Pool was closed on Family Day, too.

Of all the days of the year to be closed, one would think Family Day would be low on the list. That’s exactly what some readers expressed to us in e-mails and calls over the last few days.

The Regional District of Nanaimo’s general manager of recreation and parks, Tom Osborne, says those facilities are closed most stat holidays as a “cost-saving measure.”

In the RDN’s defence, Family Day is new for 2013. Osborne said the opening of the rink and pool on Family Day 2014 could be reviewed in budget discussions. It’s a double-time staffing bill for the RDN and needs to be worked out with the unions involved, too.

Osborne also suggested families could enjoy the “great outdoors” at RDN parks like Moorecroft.

Fair enough, but we would like to think the leadership of the RDN and its unions would have been able think on their feet and make a grown-up decision within a budget year. They could have worked out a deal to keep these facilities open on Family Day, and could have used this new holiday as an excellent marketing tool for these facilities.

OK, it’s a new holiday, so perhaps our readers are willing to cut the RDN and its unions some slack. We’re hopeful the doors won’t be closed on Family Day 2014.

 

Just Posted

More Parksville pop-up water parks planned

Fire department says Sunday, Aug. 18 next one on the agenda

Hi Neighbour Day celebrates 50th year in Errington

Pancake breakfast, parade, zucchini race and more planned for this years’ festivities

Semi-truck crashes on Hwy. 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino-Ucluelet

Drivers heading in or out of Tofino-Ucluelet Friday afternoon should expect delays

Errington scrap wood fire still under investigation

Three fire departments deployed to battle highly visible blaze

Take a trip through time at Children’s Museum Day in Qualicum Beach

Free event teaches children about pioneer life, arts and crafts

Fashion Fridays: How to dress and feel powerful

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Kraft Heinz brand baby food recalled in B.C. due to possibility of insects

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the product should not be consumed

First Nations women finally to be treated equally under Indian Act: Bennett

Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action thanked the feds

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

Excavators help cute kid who copied their dig with his toys stay “safe at work”

Carson Carnegie wakes up at 7:00 am every morning to watch construction work on his street

Bob Lenarduzzi out as Vancouver Whitecaps president

MLS team is at the bottom of the Western Conference standings

B.C. daycare operator denies negligence in death of ‘Baby Mac’

Infant died in early 2017 after biting an electrical cord, according to a lawsuit filed by his mom

BC SPCA reopens animal cruelty investigation at Abbotsford pig farm

Additional alleged footage released from Excelsior Hog Farm sparks new investigation

Most Read