LETTER: RDN rec plan should get back on track

Re: Draft District 69 Recreation Services Master Plan

Local runners were also among those who attended the recent public information sessions. Almost half of the participants at the initial meeting were members of the local Oceanside Running Club Association (ORCA).

Welcoming the planned investment in sport, fitness and well-being, concerns were expressed at the lack of athletics facilities in District 69. Youth have only an old cinder track at Ballenas, which over the years has fallen into disrepair. The senior athletes celebrated recently for their achievements at the B.C. 55+ Games continue to train in downtown Nanaimo.

If a new sports centre is not feasible in the foreseeable future, then let’s invest in affordable upgrades to our existing facility at Ballenas. Support the enthusiasm and tireless efforts of those who coach Oceanside Track and Field and the Mid-Island Distance Runners. In addition, provide a facility for runners, walkers and wheelers of all ages.

A long-overdue investment in upgrades would mean that, with a safe, flat surface, people with disabilities have somewhere to go to gain mobility. And there would be a secure, well-lit site for anyone wanting to work out on dark winter evenings.

Dr. Barbara J. Low

President, ORCA running club

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