Fraser Rec District bathroom, concession projects are overkill
September 8, 2008
To the Editor:
The Fraser Valley Recreation Board and Recreation Center have been controversial topics for some time, and for good reasons. There are multiple ethical and economic questions that have been raised over the Board and the building.
It is not my intention to take the focus off these issues, but to question the priorities of another building project that is part of the same Community Enhancement Bond.
This is the million dollar flush toilet and concession stand that is proposed to be open for three months a year at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex.
Let me first note that the fields have been operating satisfactorily for quite some time with double wide san-o-lets that are maintained on a regular basis.
I think anyone with kids in sports know that san-o-lets are the norm for ball fields, whether it be soccer, softball or baseball. If your teen played high school or competitive ball then you know that the “facilities,” even in Denver, are some form of san-o-let, or if they are flush toilets, then two out of five are usually out of service because they are backed up.
Which leads to the next question of where will the funds come from that will keep these flush toilets maintained daily and in working order?
Are flush toilets at the ball fields really a priority for our Valley? It doesn’t make sense to build a million dollar flush toilet and concession stand in a community that has only approximately 7,000 taxpayers.
As for the concession stand ” there is already a building that was given to the Rec-Fields and has been used as a concession stand in the past. I doubt that it would cost even half a million to update it.
There are options to what has been proposed and instead of spending all of that $1 million on a glorified hotdog stand and “thrones,” we need to explore these alternatives before the building begins.
Which leads to another problem: What to do with all that extra money?
How about something that enhances the entire community like a Community Recycling program? That would be my favorite. It would reduce the carbon footprint of the Valley and be something that we could all use and benefit from. I’m sure you have a great idea too.
The next meeting of the Fraser Valley Recreation District is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.,. tonight at Winter Park Town Hall. This is a great time to let the board know what you’re thinking.