Changes to Trail Memorial Centre entrance are positive

"With the Victoria Street upgrades, the walking bridge and the new library complex I think Trail is on the right path."

I do not live in Trail but feel I have to comment on Dave Thompson’s editorial of Nov. 21 (“Hawks host Ghostriders in a telling weekend tilt,” Trail Times, Nov. 21).

I have used the Trail Memorial Center for many years and many activities. I have always been amazed at all the activities and uses of the TMC.

I have done everything from playing hockey on the small ice,  dog obedience, volleyball, concerts, and dances in the gym, to watching both the Senior and Junior Smoke Eaters  and other events in the Cominco Arena. The changes to the Victoria Street entrances are positive steps forward. I am sure many accidents have been avoided by removing the access from Victoria to the front of Cominco Arena.

I am talking about both the turning lane at the bridge and cars stopped in front of the TMC.  The railing in front of the Cominco Arena adds safety and gives the entrance a finished look.

The access to downtown is no more complicated than it ever was. There is additional parking put in on Cedar Avenue in front of the Trail Times building in case Dave missed this. Is parking only a problem when you can not park at the front door of the business? Since the mall went in about thirty five years ago parking has rarely been an issue downtown.

My pet peeve is why everything is geared for the car.

With proper planning a section of the downtown core could be an open air plaza. Check out Kimberley’s Plaza and see how nice it is not to fight traffic. The neat thing with Trail’s compact core the open air market could move about, giving all businesses a chance to try this out.

With the Victoria Street upgrades, the walking bridge and the new library complex I think Trail is on the right path.

Following this line of thought, if the will to cooperate on recreation among our local politicians is real, this will bring more visitors to town.

So all you naysayers get out of the twentieth century and move into the twenty first.

Gerald Parker


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