Jubilee Park changes make a mess

"This parcel of land has now become a hazard and is threatening the use of Jubilee Park as it did in the past."

Congratulations to the individuals and authorities for the total demise of the north end of Jubilee Park. First we encountered in disbelief an unsightly garden and now there is a flood plain in progress. Mother Nature has just begun her springtime gift of run-off, something we have tried to contain for years.

Former mayor, Harry LeFevre had more knowledge and experience in dealing with this problem than any other local resident.

He spent countless hours and dollars in trying to divert the water safely underground and through the park by the way of a proper drainage system.

It appears that through lack of research and planning all of his efforts have been dismantled. Because of his foresight we were able to create a dry area for a basketball court, a gazebo and a picnic area for Golden City Days.

This parcel of land has now become a hazard and is threatening the use of Jubilee Park as it did in the past.

The liability aspect of this project is mindboggling. Should one tragedy occur, Rossland will be held accountable. If a fence is required to prevent any such happening, the building cost would be extreme. I might also ask who is supervising a repair and maintenance program for this project as it is obvious one will be required. Are taxpayers on the hook again?

A “Wetland Park” idea started out with a mini Bobcat backhoe and now it will require a full size excavator to bring us back to reality. As a native son of Rossland, I am totally disappointed in this undertaking. These are my concerns and I would gladly entertain a response from council members.

L.J ZanussiRossland

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