Letters to the Editor

Red Sands beach 2030

Re: “Developer donates Red Sands,” Friday, September 16, page 3

I have a wonderful vision of happy people enjoying a sunny, summer day at a quiet, peaceful beach.

It’s the year 2030, and they are the grown-up children of our grandchildren who have taken some time to relax and swim in the cool, refreshing, lake water and soak up some warm sunshine at Red Sands beach.

When they leave, they will be taking a short walk along a winding trail through the shaded area of Red Sands forest. Their moods will be improved, their stress reduced, and they will have an enhanced feeling of wellness.

They are thankful and remember that the citizens of Nelson in the year 2011 decided to protect and preserve Red Sands, which was the last natural waterfront area in Nelson.

That positive vision is why I have worked with others, this last year,  to “Save Red Sands - Keep it natural!”

We all know that change is inevitable. But changes can be good or bad. Some things, like Red Sands beach, need to be preserved. They are natural gems that can only be improved by letting them be.

It would be a sad day if we allowed our Red Sands park land to be developed, because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

One year ago, I was dismayed to read about the proposed Nelson Landing Development Corporation plans for developing Red Sands. But what a difference a year can make.

I attended the public open house on September 14 and I was overjoyed to see the latest proposals for Red Sands. The area will be dedicated to the city, it will remain zoned as P2 — park and open space — and the parking will be moved nearby, but off-site.

There is recognition by the City of Nelson that it’s very important to save Red Sands, because our waterfront park land is a vital part of Nelson.

I know a deal is not a deal, until it’s a done deal, but the latest proposals for the Red Sands area are like a dream come true!

Herb Couch



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