Letter: Give Richmond bowling cash to soccer

Dear Editor,

Re: “Couns. Defend $5.3M bowling decision,” Letters, June 27.

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Perhaps Couns. Bill McNulty and Linda McPhail and the others who voted for this expenditure of public money should reconsider their decision.

Their letter to the editor is a weak defense.

The bowling club is a members-only organization that serves 280 people and is not open to the general public.

Lawn bowling is a seasonal sport, so the facility is not used in the winter or on rainy days; we have lots of those.

The amount being spent could be better used to build dressing room, shower and toilet facilities at the Hugh Boyd soccer park.

The playing fields are used all year round and are enjoyed by thousands of players and spectators.

This weekend, the Nations Cup soccer tournament will be held (this is the 40th year of this highly prestigious tournament). It is the foremost amateur adult summer soccer event in Western Canada.

There are some facilities in the West Richmond Community Centre, but not nearly enough to accommodate the players.

Other communities, such as Surrey, Coquitlam and Vancouver have first-class facilities and it’s about time we had the same at Hugh Boyd.

George Roberts


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