Sunday, July 24, 2005

Vancouver Residents Should Have Access To Vancouver Golf Courses

We went for a nice brisk walk around Vancouver's Fraserview Golf Course today. Other than the traffic noise from Marine Drive, it's a great trail around a gorgeous golf course. I especially appreciate the spongy trail surface, which helps joggers avoid shin splints. Although Fraserview is a 15 minute drive from home, we go there often.

We also frequent Langara Golf Course, which is closer to home. Like Fraserview, Langara is surrounded by a good trail that is heavily utilized by joggers and walkers. I suspect that more people at Langara use the trail than the golf course.

Then, there is McCleery Golf Course. Like Fraserview and Langara, it is owned and operated by the city of Vancouver. Unlike other city-owned golf courses, McCleery does not have a trail. In fact, people walking along the Fraser River are greeted with "Do Not Enter" signs when they get to McCleery Golf Course. It's a shame to use a valuable public asset like McCleery Golf Course for only one purpose.

I think the public should have access to public golf courses. Hopefully, someone with more spare time than me will some day establish a "Give the public access to public property" movement.

Fraserview Golf Course
7800 Vivian Drive
Vancouver

McCleery Golf Course
7188 MacDonald Street
Vancouver

Langara Golf Course
6706 Alberta Street
Vancouver


TODAY'S VANCOUVER HEADLINES

Mayor thinks tall ship festival will return
Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell thinks the Sea Vancouver Festival will be back next year, despite the event's financial problems.

The festival has filed for bankruptcy protection and still owes performers and suppliers more than $200,000.


B.C. considers pesticides to fight West Nile virus
The B.C. government is prepared to use pesticides to keep West Nile virus out of the province. The government has issued a call for suppliers of malathion, a chemical used to kill mosquitoes. The Ministry of Health is seeking suppliers with up to 500 litres of malathion available on demand.


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I Like Mine Wild!
Canadian Government's War on International Education
Canadian Government Shoots Canada In The Foot - Same Old Story
STV: So Thoroughly Vexed
The Capitol 6 goes the way of its neighbors.