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It would be great if the proposed Gondola did not costs the taxpayers more money


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A Gondola over our river is definitely an attraction. Everyone will talk about it. I hope it is a success.

If  private developers finance it, build it, operate it and taxes are earned from it, then I am on board. We could use an attraction.

Not a gimmick but a real attraction. The city has a habit of financing gimmicky things and events that never deliver anything close to the promises made.

The part that concerns me is the Bower Ponds part. The environmental impact building the tower there. The cost to the taxpayer or are we selling part of Bower Ponds to the developer? In case of business failure, maintenance failure, who pays?

I think it is great to finally see real action on those 23 acres of the former public works yard. It has been a long time coming but the costs have been high, totaling from numbers I have read about, $230 million to move, upgrade and repair the yard, to realign roads, upgrade and bury services, etc. so it would be nice to see money coming in and not just more talk of potential tax dollars.

Perhaps if this is successful, utilizing our river as a tourist attraction, we could look at utilizing Hazlett Lake as a tourist attraction, like Lethbridge did with Henderson Lake. 2 miles of shoreline for staycation tourists?

So, I am hoping that this Gondola idea is real and not a “Bait and Switch” scam that will cost taxpayers money.

Fingers crossed.

Garfield Marks

Political editor/writer and retired oilfield supervisor

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