This will be the third time that I am aware of (Fulton school and Coldstream) where Vernon had the opportunity for a world-class sports complex. Kin Race Track has been eliminated as a viable option because of the large footprint required for a track.
In the 1990s, I assisted our youth with the track club. From age 55 to 59, I competed in track and field events at the B.C. Seniors Games and national level events. I, like many of us from Vernon, spent hours commuting to Kelowna to train at the all-weather track and field facility.
Let me ask the undecided this question. Can you forfeit the $1 plus per month added to your property taxes for the good of our community, including our youth, our seniors and all of those area residents who want to stay or get fit?
It’s time we stop being a country cousin to Kelowna and Penticton and move forward. There may not be another opportunity.