Summer is a great time of the year to get out and enjoy the outdoors. I have fond memories of getting out to ball diamonds and playing fastball as often as I could. But if you are going to enjoy recreational facilities, they have to be there, available and accessible to all.
While the provincial government has made several announcements about building splash pads and the like elsewhere in the city, they are forgetting that people in Fort Whyte need these facilities too. There are no indoor public hockey rinks in the constituency. I don’t see many baseball diamonds or soccer fields in Fort Whyte, to meet the needs of a growing community.
Why would the provincial government fund arenas in areas that already have those facilities in place, when there are other parts of the city where kids don’t have a place to skate near their homes?
Of the 39 projects approved in the Building Communities Initiative II, only three are located in constituencies represented by Progressive Conservative MLAs and none of those projects were in Fort Whyte.
The provincial government has committed funding for a new arena in Garden City when there are a couple of other arenas available to area residents. The government ensured there was money for the Southdale Community Centre. They have continued to ignore the residents of Fort Whyte.
It’s high time Fort Whyte received its fair share of recreational facilities.