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Letters: Giving our parks a raise

Immediate needs for local parks, says Sportsman's President
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Mountain bike and hiking trails at Beatton Provincial Park.

All winter long, British Columbians have been heading outside to stave off boredom amid travel and gathering restrictions. When I’m out in the province's parks, I meet all kinds of people, from casual walkers to serious backcountry skiers. Unfortunately, parks underfunding has created bottlenecks for the crowds who are eager to get out this season.

I understand that the government of B.C. has made promises to improve and expand parks, trails and campgrounds. However, I see an immediate need for this in my local and favourite parks.

We need more than promises.

Our province needs a significant investment that’s going to help us not just build back a better parks system - but also keep it running for years to come.

This winter, we’ve heard warnings from Avalanche Canada about underprepared adventurers heading to the outdoors, sometimes with tragic outcomes. North Shore Search and Rescue say they, along with many of their partner orgs around the province, have had their busiest winter ever.

An investment in B.C.’s parks can help keep people safe and healthy now and after the pandemic. I hope that Premier Horgan’s government will turn the tide for B.C.’s beloved but beleaguered parks.

— Andy Waddell, President, Dawson Creek Sportsman's Club


Email your letters to Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca