Rainbow plans need support

Let’s support Rainbow Gardens and their staff, which have done an excellent job in this community for more than 20 Years, says resident.

To the Editor,

It is to bad that the  majority of the people at the public hearing for Rainbow Gardens were Westporte residents. I would say, 90 per cent of those were over the childbearing age.

Westporte is an expensive neighbourhood, not close to facilities like schools, the Athletic Hall, Echo Pool, etc., so parents have to drive their children or use the bus.

I understand that nobody wants to lose what they have. But let’s look at the rest of town. Lots of neighbourhoods don’t have playgrounds within walking distance. Westporte has, using River Road park.

If traffic is a problem, for a  minimal cost a light or a pedestrian crossing could be installed—there is no need for building a new park.

What is wrong with building a sand box, having a swing, trampoline, etc. in the backyard? It’s what lots of residents do that don’t have the luxury of a park nearby.

Now none of us want to die or get sick. But these things come for free with old age. Nobody wants to end up with Alzheimers, dementia, Parkinson’s, strokes, etc. But those things happen.

Nobody wants to be in a care home but what about when your loved ones can’t take care of you or you are the only survivor? Do you want to end up in Parksville, Nanaimo or wherever a  place is available?

I am sure your answer is no. Well this can happen, if our care facilities are not upgraded.

Visiting residents in care homes is important. Very few get visits more than twice a week. Do you think if you are in a home out of town you will have visitors?

I know it is important to take care of the young generation, but don’t forget about the elderly.

It was brought up at the public hearing if the city sells the park and leases it back for $1, It still will cost money for insurance, landscaping, etc.

So lets fix this: sell the property to Rainbow Gardens with the stipulation that the land can only be used for a care home. They gladly will take care of the landscaping and the taxpayers will save money.

Let’s support Rainbow Gardens  and their staff, which have done an excellent  job in this community for more than 20 Years.

Roland Göhl,

Port Alberni

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