City councillor Joe Swan says that, despite the fact that it’s projected to lose about $250,000 this season, the city shouldn’t walk away from its venerable amusement park Storybook Gardens.
“Generally, in principle, the parks and recreation department is in the business of providing quality of life services to our community — to provide all those programs in Spectrum, soccer fields, (and) hockey rinks,” says Swan. “And very few of them are predicated on a full cost-recovery model. So these services, like Storybook Gardens and golf courses, etc., this notion or concept of everything as a profit-making business, it’s not how I see us dealing with children and families, as if we’re out to make a dollar.
“Collectively, our community is better off when we work together to provide affordable sports, recreation, health-based services. . . . Running it (Storybook Gardens) like a business, a la Canada’s Wonderland, that’s just not what our community and government is about.
“So, quality of life, affordable and reasonable — let’s nurture and encourage children through play and fun. It makes for a great community.”