General News · 1st June 2014
I have never been involved in the Whaletown Commons Society, and I must add that in my 3 years as Whaletown Community Club president, the subject never crossed my desk, the two entities being entirely separate. So I know very little about it. What I do know is that it is a very beautiful place to walk, and unlike our other parks in Whaletown, has some accessability. We have the small park near the Gorge that is a little wilderness, with trails and some undeveloped access. We have a park at Carrington Bay which is a couple of miles hike and pretty steep coming out---- definitely not for the weak of lung or leg.
The South End of Cortes is very fortunate in their parks at Smelt Bay and Mansons, available to cars and largely to wheelchairs.
Whaletown Commons would be a park that could be driven to the access point and with at least some wheelchair access already in place and possibly more in the future.
Without wishing to get involved in local politics, and with all due respect to every point of view, I cannot agree that Whaletown is "in the middle of nowhere", as was recently posted in a local publication. I was born there, so it in the middle of my world, and quite a lot of us Cortes people live here.
I am sure that when the Manson's and Smelt Bay parks were brought into existence, the good people of Whaletown had no objection; it is to be hoped that at this time, other Cortes communities will support this gem that Whaletown might acquire, for the benefit of all.