Chemainus – The dictionary defines a plaza as “a public square, marketplace, or similar open space in a builtup area.”
Steve Parson has it absolutely correct in his comments regarding Waterwheel Park.
Instead if the open plaza nature of our parking lot that made it amenable to many uses we now have an area cut up by curbs and planters that are obstructions in and of themselves not only for cars and buses but for those who require scooters and wheelchairs to get around. It precludes effective use as a concert venue when the stage is not sufficient and of course the market will be interesting to see.
With the plan to revitalize our downtown, which this admittedly is part of, one would expect the experts at municipal hall to give more thought to the design and usage, including the impact on parking. Perhaps a visit to Maffeo Sutton park in Nanaimo would have been useful but clearly too much to ask.
Alex Currie Chemainus