Kin Kanyon redevelopment raises questions

A large moose came down our street in Sunnybrook last night, something that hasn’t happened in 40 years. I knew by the look of him that he’d read Tuesday’s Advocate and was nervous about Kin Kanyon plan includes new hall, rinks, spray park (Sept 21).

A large moose came down our street in Sunnybrook last night, something that hasn’t happened in 40 years. I knew by the look of him that he’d read Tuesday’s Advocate and was nervous about Kin Kanyon plan includes new hall, rinks, spray park (Sept 21). I’m a little anxious myself.

I read the paper diligently but had not seen that Kin Kanyon Koncept plan by ISL Engineering, had been requested by the city. It doesn’t say what the plan cost us but I suppose I may have missed that, too.

There is no question that the washroom facilities in the park need upgrading, the hall on the top end of the park has seen better days. It would have been nice to have more details on the “additional picnic sites” and more ‘bookable’ picnic areas to accommodate larger groups. This obviously means a lot of green area will be cleared.

Enthusiasm for the spray park and concession seems unanimous on council. Its droll to point out that the “volcano” water feature requires regular maintenance, something that a spray park would not require I suppose. (Like the water features at Collicutt and Dawe, no doubt.) The young man who wrote to the mayor about a spray park for Red Deer must have made an amazing pitch.

Lets keep in mind that this area is used by families, many of whom cannot afford the fancier facilities in Red Deer. Roasting a wiener and watching the kids run is an nice cheap activity.

We unsettled a lot of wildlife when the city yards were built and this plan sounds very ambitious for a relatively small area. No wonder Mr Moose looked concerned.

Maybe some more information will be forthcoming. Maybe this council will not be in their chairs to see its completion. Some won’t even see it begun, perhaps. If you say it fast, $5.4 million it ain’t that much.

Peggy Freeman

Red Deer