Regardless of how the vote turns out, the citizens of Prince Albert deserve congratulations for the way that they wholeheartedly embraced the Kraft Celebration Tour.
On Monday and Tuesday, you seldom ran into people who didn’t discuss the number of times they had voted that day.
If local voters clicked enough times, the water park will pocket a cool $100,000 to go with the $25,000 that it has already won. That would put it a long way toward fixing the waterslide, which is sitting shuttered this summer because the aging fiberglass is no longer safe.
The city was competing against an outdoor skating rink in Montebello, Que., a community boathouse in Nanaimo, B.C., a youth activity centre and skate park -- St. Andrews, N.B., the Barrhead Curling Club in Barrhead, Alta., the Springhill Lions Park in Springhill, N.S., the Birchwood Field in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the Holland Recreation Committee in Holland, Man., the Gander Community Tennis Association in Gander, N.L., and The Miracle League of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ont.
There is obviously not a bad project in the group and it’s too bad that there isn’t a $100,000 prize for all of them.
Some will be handicapped by size. Holland has just 400 residents while Barrhead has 4,400. Ottawa, on the other hand, has nearly 900,000.
The contest clearly struck a nerve in Prince Albert. Regardless of whether another $100,000 is coming or not, it may be time for the launch of another of the city’s famous fundraising drives in which a ridiculous amount of money is raised in an incredibly short period of time.
Some people will argue that it’s the city’s job to pay for the waterslides, but let’s not forget that the residents of Prince Albert recently furnished a seniors’ facility built by the province.
The government-produced slippery slope is already in operation.
If the city does prevail and win the money, you can expect the remainder won’t take long to find.
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Another spot in the city that will apparently need a constant stream of revenue is the SPCA.
In a story in Tuesday’s Daily Herald, the SPCA’s Debbie Lehner noted that there are a number of new costs for the organization’s terrific facility that they opened last month. With the city no longer footing many of the bills, the SPCA will find that their basic operating expenses have grown a great deal.
But anyone who visited the cramped, aging facility that they were in before would have a difficult time making the argument that the move was a mistake.
It’s a new challenge for the SPCA but they made the right decision for the animals under their care.
Let’s hope that the community remains generous in supporting them and the fine work that they do.
Prince Albert Daily Herald