Sin­gle ice pad, not four needed

North Bay Nugget - - OPINION -

to the edi­tor: Why not build the new arena at the ex­ist­ing West Fer­ris com­mu­nity cen­tre site? Why would we have to lose a sig­nif­i­cant part of tweedsmuir park. as Coun. mark King says: Who re­ally wants that prop­erty?

We al­ready lost 15-20 feet off that side of the park, os­ten­si­bly for soc­cer park­ing. i guess the park­ing lot at the cen­tre was too far to walk.

and Coun. dar­ryl Vail­lan­court , it doesn’t take a $60,000 study to fig­ure out if schools are clos­ing be­cause en­rol­ment is so low and North bay’s pop­u­la­tion has fallen by 2,000 since the last cen­sus. We re­ally don’t need a dou­ble, let alone a quadru­ple ice pad.

So, if we only need a sin­gle ice pad, why not build it at the present com­mu­nity cen­tre site. We al­ready know it can house a sin­gle ice pad and we wouldn’t have to lose any of our park.

Sadly, when the dust set­tles and we have an­other ex­pen­sive and wasted study to pay for, city coun­cil will prob­a­bly end up build­ing a dou­ble ice pad arena right where they in­tended to put it in the first place and the West Fer­ris com­mu­nity cen­tre, the heart of our com­mu­nity for many years, will be sold off to the de­vel­oper who wanted it in the first place. Chris Croghan North Bay

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