Pool upgrade belongs in Parksville

Re: Right place, wrong plan for Ravensong remodel (The NEWS, Letters, Jan. 30).

I have been using Ravensong since 2007. I am perplexed about these untruths! There has never been fights or unpleasant scenes. In fact, we who use it don’t see why something that works so well should even be enlarged.

The problem is the huge influx of the “Boomers” that mostly live in Parksville and want to change something that works well and is known over the Island as the best and sunniest pool. Perhaps a huge, new pool could be built for these newcomers in Parksville, Olympic-sized and impersonal, with machines to exercise on.

The mingling of seniors doing arthritic sessions next to our babies learning to love the water and our lovely lifeguards brightens dull, winter days. We have never been pushy or impolite; the newcomers seem to push and aren’t satisfied with anything.

A new facility would let this pool operate uninterrupted as it always has — a joyful place, a neighbourhood place. If you want big, go to Nanaiomo when you’re shopping and use that pool. Let Qualicum Beach be the peaceful community it has been for us who call it home.

I am 81 years of age and Ravensong and its happy staff have kept me healthy and walking for all these years, just like all of my aging friends who use it to stay alive healthily. If it works, keep it. Build another for the high-density Parksville area.

Georganna Pearce

Qualicum Beach

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