So it begins again.
The idea of a skateboard park in Peachland has surfaced for the second time in a decade. The first suggestion was followed up and pursued by a group of volunteers, including kids. It crashed and burned, divided the town and left a group of people saddened and disillusioned.
This week it came to light that Peachland council members are now considering a skate park as a worthwhile project. The announcement by Mayor Keith Fielding means, once again, the hopes of local kids will be raised. It also means the ‘anti’ group will mobilize, brushing up on the innuendo, stereotyping and misinformation that was so much a part of their campaign last time around.
Though many thought otherwise, the right location was chosen the first time. However, it is unlikely this council will consider for very long Cousins Park again, given the small group of vociferous Beach Avenue residents who raised a stink before.
There are few places in Peachland acceptable for building a skate park. There are likely no locations available that will please everyone.
Hopefully, this time around, if Peachland council really is determined to do something for kids, the rhetoric will be tamed, the name calling will abate and we can, as a community, do something really wonderful.