Recreation is important to Terrace and should be funded

One of the deciding factors of my move was the vast choices of recreational opportunities this town had to offer, says letter writer

Dear Sir:

Regarding “Grant requests prompt debate“, an article in the Feb. 11 issue.

I moved to Terrace 14 years ago and one of the deciding factors of my move was the vast choices of recreational opportunities this town had to offer.

Upon moving here I realized that these opportunities exist in large part because of the hard work of volunteers and the huge amount of support these recreational facilities and venues get from the local businesses. Be it cross country or downhill skiing, golfing, motor cross, fishing or even hiking the back country, quite a few of these opportunities would be diminished or eliminated without the efforts of our citizens. Everyone knows the health benefits of physical activities, the tourism dollars generated and the draw to this town that these facilities bring to our city.

The importance of recreation is duly noted in the mayor’s message on the City of Terrace web page as well as our tourism brochures. It is also evident by the taxpayer-funded aquatic center, city parks and recreation center. Recreation is important.

This is why I am baffled by the city councillors’ remarks paper regarding the allocation of community forests profits/grants. One of the examples, stated by the City of Terrace on how the community forests can fulfill community goals, is to “maintain and enhance recreational opportunities”.

I personally feel that when our citizens, volunteers and businesses help not-for-profit recreational opportunities make ends meet or grow so we can provide a top level experience for all, their hard work and kindness are pushed aside by our councillors’ misconceptions of these facilities.  Sure some facilities generate money; even those facilities run and funded by the town generate revenue.

I do believe that every application for funding from the City of Terrace is done so with the best of intentions and to provide the best possible product and experience for our residents and visitors.

I hope our councillors realize that all not-for-profit recreation outlets are just that, not for profit but for the love of physical activities and experiencing all our beautiful city has to offer.

Rob Wilke,

Terrace, B.C.

 

Just Posted

Terrace SAR aims high for new headquarters

A huge financial grant will enable Terrace Search and Rescue to move… Continue reading

New Terrace squash court opens at Summit Square Apartments

For the first time in years, squash players will be able to play on weekends in Terrace

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

Police encourage reporting of suspicious events following reports involving children

Terrace RCMP are asking the public to report any suspicious adult interactions… Continue reading

Soup kitchen sees “groundswell of community support”

Donations toward looming tax bill push non-profit back in the black

Tsunami warnings 101: Canada

Here are some things to know about tsunami alerts in Canada and how they work

Castlegar homicide victim identified

The victim was 38-year-old Jordan Workman of Castlegar, B.C.

B.C. Liberal leadership candidates get one last prime-time pitch

Leadership campaign to be decided in Feb. 3 vote

Andrew Scheer on trade, Trump and Trudeau

Canada’s Conservative leader begins three-day visit to B.C.

Victims restrained, sex toys and cash stolen from B.C. adult store

Armed suspects sought in adult store robbery

Vancouver Islanders ponder need for tsunami siren song

Alarm sounds in Port Alberni but not at the DND base in Esquimalt

Babcock, Goyette and Smyth honoured at Order of Hockey in Canada

Mike Babcock, from Saskatoon, guided the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008

Bell Canada alert prompts RCMP, privacy watchdog to probe data breach

Company spokesman: ‘Fewer than 100,000 customers were affected’

‘The tsunami alarm failed my household’: North Coast residents concerned over sirens, alerts

People living in northern communities share how they learned about Tuesday’s tsunami warning

Most Read