Letter: Dad helped secure McArthur Island for future use


I read the Nov. 30 article on the history of McArthur Island with interest (‘From sewage lagoons to sporting mecca’).

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My father, Milner (Mil) Hardaker, opened his clothing store in 1949 on Tranquille Road and was elected chairman of the village commission for North Kamloops in 1954.

He was then involved in the negotiations to purchase the island.

The commission saw the need for sewage, as well as the need to move ball fields from McDonald Park.

It was not an easy sell to the taxpayers when storm drains, dikes, pavement and firefighting equipment were also at the top of the list.

Securing the island was a big step for the growth of North Kamloops as it led to construction of the sports centre in 1965.

Even when he served as an alderman for the City of Kamloops, Mil continued to express pride in the accomplishments of the village and town councils that sparked the North Shore growth we see today.

Ted Hardaker


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