We’re still ben­e­fit­ing from the ’88 Games

Calgary Herald - - LETTERS -

I was liv­ing in Cal­gary dur­ing the 1988 Olympics and, frankly, I’m a lit­tle ir­ri­tated by the nos­tal­gia an­gle of the Yes Cal­gary cam­paign.

Let’s look at tan­gi­ble out­comes. What res­onates the most ev­ery time win­ter drives me into the Olympic Oval for a run is who I see there: se­niors walk­ing and chat­ting around the track; young par­ents tak­ing their kids out on the ice; univer­sity stu­dents and pro­fes­sors off-load­ing stress with a lit­tle phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity; com­mu­nity fig­ure skaters and hockey teams find­ing scarce ice time; and hun­dreds of school kids hit­ting the ice in gym class.

Imag­ine what a new field house and arena can pro­vide to the well-be­ing of Cal­gar­i­ans for the next 30 years.

I’ve looked hard at the bid pro­posal, feel con­fi­dent with the cur­rent num­bers (with the con­tin­gency fund in place), but it’s the legacy fa­cil­i­ties that seal the deal for me.

Cather­ine Van Brun­schot, Cal­gary

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