Comment 99151

By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted March 26, 2014 at 07:31:49 in reply to Comment 99148

I absolutely recognize and agree with the absurdity of approving 1.2mil for a skating path, while simultaneously resisting bike lanes, crossings, streetscaping, etc.

You are absolutely right to call out the double standard there! I, a West Mountain resident, didn't get a flyer and a chance to vote on Waterdown's skate path! But if it's a downtown project, let's hold it to that kind of pointless nuance!

However, while I'm not familiar with the details, would the skating path not have been a Parks'n'Rec project? So a different animal altogether. Whereas those other things are road/transportation/safety infrastructure and should be prioritized as such.

But if the locals of Waterdown wanted a skating path, and it came out of the right budget, or perhaps discretionary funds - who freaking cares, let them have a neighborhood they like. Where do we draw the lines on how much autonomy locals have over their neighborhoods, versus amalgamated requirements? It can be a tangled web at times it seems. I don't want to live in a world where absolutely everything creative is stifled. Some localities do cool little knick-knacky things that gives our world some personality and variety. I think a skating path is cool, I'll check it out cuz I like to skate! We have hiking trails, horse trails, kayaking/sailing, all sorts of things ... good on them for another upgrade to a park, and a good contribution to "stuff to do around here"!

Comment edited by mikeonthemountain on 2014-03-26 07:59:59

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