Not impressed with parking by donation

What is it with blocking off beach access and demanding a donation to drive through an area with potholes big enough to lose a Smart car

What is it with blocking off beach access and demanding a donation to drive through an area with potholes big enough to lose a Smart car, just because it is sandcastle weekend?

I walk at the beach everyday using a walker, to stay mobile and to soak up the tranquility. I have a handicap tag.

Yet I was harassed by three separate individuals for a donation to park in the arena parking lot.

The third woman told me there was a $2 donation required.

It sounded like a required fee.

My connotation of donation is that it is optional. I had no intention of parking by the arena and I told her so.

When I did reach the beach there were lots of empty parking spots much to my surprise.

I don’t know where all those $2 donations go, but the whole concept of charging taxpayers to park just because there is an event going on is wrong.

Charge for the event, fine. Charge as much as you like. But don’t try and force us to park in an inaccessible area and refuse us access to the beach parking when we live here and are just trying to stay healthy.

Eileen Wright

Parksville