It has come to our attention that Castlegar city council has decided to add a bicycle park and a dog walking area at the Millennium Park.
Now with their infinite wisdom over the years they have decided to finally put to use the vacant area where the former drive-in theatre was located in the 1950s and installed a much-needed and overdue place along the Columbia River for a beach type of location.
Now we are asking them to put their business heads together and use some of these beautiful few acres to bring in tourists to this area by having them pass through the north business area and down to the Millennium Park where council installs an RV park. This, as mentioned above, will bring tourists and their families to spend a relaxed time at the now-formed beach area.
This will also bring people to shop in the now-dying business area of North Castlegar and not only help the merchants, but create revenue to the city coffers and create employment for caretakers of this proposed RV park.
We have heard council is reluctant to bring this type of convenience under the city’s jurisdiction. Need we remind you that the City of Nelson has had an RV park under their jurisdiction for at least 50 years and has caused no hardships to privately owned RVsites in the immediate area. The park is always being used year-round and a reminder that there is no beach or open water within walking distance. Tourists are happy with this site.
The City of Trail now has an RV site under its jurisdiction and it is helping create employment and income to the city’s coffers. And too, no hardships to private RV parks in their area.
Why is it now that the business-wise councils of our Castlegar government are not following suit to do the same?
This would (as mentioned above) enhance the businesses of North Castlegar by having people purchase related goods to help fill their tourist cupboards, purchase fishing gear to use at a stone’s throw from the mighty Columbia River where the fishing is excellent and help eradicate some of the coarse fish now beginning to inhabit these waters and destroying the game fish.
Please council members, bring your heads together and bring this much-needed convenience to Castlegar.
Mickey Nazarov and