To the Editor,
Re: New walkway on waterfront expensive, unnecessary, Letters, June 9.
I for one am thrilled about the news of a beach walkway from Kin Hut in Departure Bay hooking up with the promenade that takes us right downtown.
It would give me access to walk on the beach and the ability to get downtown independently.
I get around in a motorized wheelchair. The steeper hills make it difficult for battery-operated chairs – in some cases (like the hill on Departure Bay) the grade of hill is just too steep and impossible to go up.
The benefit will be huge to Nanaimo-ites and tourists alike – people love a leisurely stroll along the promenade; it is in constant use.
I for one disagree with the writer’s comment about it destroying the coastline.
Most of the areas along there are inaccesible. With a walkway it will give us the opportunity to enjoy the beauty.
Do some research into areas where ‘seawalls’ have been built – Stanley Park, Ambleside Park. In no way has the natural beauty been tampered with.
It just gives us a way to appreciate it more and if it gets people walking downtown rather than take their cars, what exactly is the downside to that?