Vernon is a diverse community, with many people from different backgrounds with different beliefs. However, I think we can all agree that there is not one sport that is more important, although I am sure each of us have our own preferences.
I have not followed hockey and had not been to a hockey game until this year. I went and had a great time. It was great to see so many people from our community come out to support the Vipers. I learned something about my community that day.
I have never been to a football game in Vernon. I am actually pretty excited about the possibility of watching a football game up at the new sports facility with the beauty of Kal Lake and Kal Park in the background, it will be a fantastic venue.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Here is a picture of the Polson Park Track on the first day of spring.
I appreciate that not everyone plans on using the track or the fields but really this simply is not acceptable.
Imagine if the only hockey rink in town was rendered unusable every time it was sunny outside? If that was the case, I would be writing a letter to support that because sports and sports facilities are an integral part of a community.
Sports is about health, keeping kids busy and keeping adults engaged in a healthy lifestyle. It is an investment in our community.
I don’t know all of the stats, but I am sure that an active community is associated with lower health care costs, lower crime rates and an overall higher community spirit.
These are all good things and because of that, on April 6, I will vote yes.