Sent to: Bruce Kenyon (CHQR radio)
Sent by: Debera C. Kok
Dear Mr. Kenyon,
I listened with interest to the interview Thursday July 3 with John Schmall, and would like to make the following comments.
I would like to know why $3.5 million a year for 10 years operating costs is not an outrageous amount for golf courses, but $6 - $10 million over 25 years to maintain an entire community is exceedingly expensive and not financially viable?
Both John Schmall and Diane Colley-Urquhart have mentioned the aging senior population (105 people become seniors everyday according to Mr. Schmall), and how having an affordable golf course can help them maintain an active lifestyle. Mr. Schmall stressed the affordability aspect. All well and good. I would think that having an affordable place to LIVE first, might, perhaps, be more of a priority -- but maybe that's just me. And maybe every senior and other resident of Midfield Park, as well.
According to the Calgary Sun June 30/14 Coun. Colley-Urquhart, re preserving the public golf courses: "I think we've got to put our best minds together...to find a way to really make these operate in an effective way so that all of these golf courses, not just McCall are sustainable" and that it was up to the city to "turn over every stone" to find ways to come up with the capital funding. City officials have said ' McCall Lake runs the largest deficit as $6.7 million in upgrades if kept open'. Should we be surprised then, that Counc. Ray Jones of Ward 5 'has found between $6 and $7 million from a seldom-used account for sports renewal programs, that can be used to pay for those capital improvements'?
Where was this impassioned drive when it came to the closed door meetings where city council determined that we as a community, at Midfield Park, were not worth saving? Why is it, that after years of written promises, plans and even the purchase of land expressly for the purpose of relocation, it has become perfectly acceptable for the city to simply evict residents instead? I believe the worth of a community should at least equal a golf course, don't you? And where is the 'seldom-used account' or budget allotment or community improvement fund, or a share of our tax dollars at work that should be available for repairs in the park? It seems to magically appear for other residential areas, or everything the city wants, from pedestrian bridges, bike path pilot projects, tunnels, courthouse improvements, circular street lights and now golf courses, too.
I would also like to know why the advocates fighting to save McCall are regarded as valiant campaigners of a cause, whereas the residents of Midfield Park (who are fighting for their homes and the right to live in them), are regarded by many as an annoyance and an impediment to development and prosperity? It is not a sentiment shared by everyone, thankfully, and we are deeply appreciative of all who have spoken or written to express their support.
Don't misunderstand me: I am delighted McCall is in the process of being saved -- this city swallows far too much green around here as it is, and someday they will have to answer for it. But the irony of the parallel between McCall golf course and Midfield Park would be laughable if it wasn't so pathetically tragic.
If you should wish to contact me, I can be reached through email or by telephone @ xxx - xxx - xxxx. Please feel free to call. I can speak at some length on the subject of Midfield Park -- I live here.
Posted on July 13, 2014
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