Letter: Support public market idea, not proposed park site

Editor:

Re: KTW’s article of Nov. 23 regarding a possible public market at Riverisde Park (‘Public market boosters selling memberships’):

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Why is Riverside Park still being considered?

Riverside Park is a special place of relaxation, with an inviting ambience.

The invasion of commercialism into this setting would drastically change everything.

Those who do not frequent Riverside Park on a regular basis might not appreciate or understand the great value of having this sanctuary near the centre of our city.

Last summer, an excellent and comprehensive Downtown Plan was completed.

Part of the plan was establishing a public market at the former Value Village site at Seymour Street and Fifth Avenue.

The plan also suggested moving the parking lot in the 400-block of Victoria Street (between the TNRD Building and the Plaza Hotel) underground and using the space for various activities.

It is interesting that this space is beside where the Wednesday farmers’ market is now located.

A year-round public market would be an asset to our fine city, but not at the expense of destroying the purpose and ambiance of part of Riverside Park.

Please let all of the park remain peaceful without commercialism.

The Downtown Plan clearly shows vision in finding the right location for a public market — in the midst of the already thriving bustle of the downtown core of Kamloops.

The proposed, commercial public market belongs downtown.

Johanna Walters
Kamloops

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