Despite doing the required research before presenting its recommendation to council on use of the former McArthur Island golf course, I believe the city’s park and recreation committee missed a fundamental point.
The park in Langley used for disc golf, which was visited by the committee, had its origins in a gravel pit. McArthur Island is a natural setting sculpted mostly by nature.
It seems to me that walking through an area throwing discs at baskets would be better suited for a gravelly landscape. Kamloops has a lot of similar landscapes in the surrounding areas from which to choose. We don’t have nearly as many MacArthur Island ecosystems close to town.
I have also come to realize that trying to convince a disc golfer to change his or mind over the importance of where they throw their discs is, in many ways, the same as trying to convince a hockey supporter to see how an arena is not the same as a centre for the performing arts.
I was pleased to read in KTW that the Kamloops Naturalist Club is preparing a dissenting report. I hope our newly elected council debates this issue further so we know where each of our council members stand.