Fraser rec center details need to be renegotiated
August 28, 2008
To the Editor:
Yes, it is sad that there is so much resentment surrounding the Fraser recreation center.
Had Grand Park sought out community support in the first place, there probably wouldn’t be so much hostility toward them now. Had they donated the property for the recreation center with no strings attached, there probably wouldn’t be so much animosity towards them.
As it stands now, Grand Park gets to name the new center, and to name the contractors who will build it. If there is not sufficient usage of the recreation center, Grand Park gets the land and building back. We, the taxpayers, get to continue paying for the building.
What is really sad is that our duly elected Rec Board agreed to this set-up in the first place. However, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, after the convoluted way the voting on the recreation center took place.
Am I against a Fraser Valley recreation center? No, I am not. I’m against one of this size. Every study in the past has shown that we don’t have the population base to support the proposed recreation center, and probably never will. If the valley can’t support it, the rescission clause gives the land and all improvements back to Grand Park, while the taxpayers continue to pay off the bonds that were used to build it. Could it be that this is why Grand Park wants to name it the Grand Park Recreation Center?
I implore our Rec District board to renegotiate the deal on the land so that there are no strings attached, no rescission clause, no naming rights, and to reduce the size and scope of the center to one that can be sustained by our valley population.
If our board won’t act in the interests of the residents of the valley, I would support a recall of the board members. If Grand Park won’t work with the people of the valley; i.e., change the donation of the land to one with no strings attached, I would support a boycott all Grand Park businesses.
I hope that sides can come together so our community can have a recreation center that is usable, sustainable, and an asset that we can all be proud of.