Kitimat’s landscaping – an afterthought?

Council should maybe go back in history a bit.

Dear Editor,

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday and Kitimat should be stepping up to the plate and grooming our beautiful community to a standard we can be proud of.

Well, as everybody has observed so far this year, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Perhaps we should be hiring extra crew and getting the job done properly, and consistently. The hill (or ‘dandelion hayfields’) doesn’t give the impression of a well-kept town.

Lately we seem to be very focused on creating a new park and seem to be spending a considerable amount of money on this dream, created on marshlands, when council can’t even maintain what we have – Radley Park, our only prime camping area, and Hirsch Creek, which is another story.

Council should maybe go back in history a bit. They took over Hirsch Creek park from the B.C. government because council said the provincial government wasn’t maintaining it.

Council said they would maintain it and keep it first class – maybe they should step up and do that and we will use it.

It’s a beautiful park which could add to our camping inventory and trail system, plus it could be developed into a major fairground for events.

Council also has the river bank lands which people love to use – they should take control and charge for access, providing a good return on their investment in the community.

I know I am venting, but council’s maintenance of what we currently have is deplorable. How about making the assets we have first class before moving onto the next venture?

Once again, I love this community, with all its lushness and parkways, but the way council is looking after it is unsatisfactory and doesn’t leave a very good impression on those visiting, or on those who have made this town their home.

James M Thom

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