Alberni’s Stirling Field could be much more

Stirling Field in Alberni could be more than it is or is being planned for, one reader notes.

To the Editor,

Food for thought for the marina/Stirling Field area. An authentic west coast wood village.

Envision a horseshoe-shaped  wood building at the marina housing marine retail, ice, a mural and bio of  George Clutesi on the side, areas of interactive marine ideas  and areas for club activities.

Kiosks depicting our history, culture and tsunami in the area. a new port authority building that juts out to moored berths or utilize shared space.

A roundabout road remains intact. Blast off the rock at the end of launch and put in an extra lane.

First Nations berthing could go to the right of the launch with extra overnight berthing. First Nations seafood marketing along the river.

Stirling ball field,  with an easy right turn entrance,  is the best “visual” site for another wood structure that  accomodates outdoor theatre venues, retail, art demos, a gallery and boutique shopping. Landscape it with leisure areas and floodlight it at night for affect.

Behind the field you could have light camping with trailer parking available behind the new Ford dealership.

Dense residential could convert to home businesses and lend to this “wood west coast village” feel in the area that leads one to the marina, a walking pier along the river,   where a charming ultimate fishing town could emerge.

One can dream right?

Carolyn Jasken,

Port Alberni, B.C.