Opinion Letters

Barrie lakeshore facility unnecessary, unwanted: LETTERS

(Re: ‘Project must be ‘iconic’’ in the Oct. 4 edition of the Examiner)

I am amazed that the City of Barrie is even considering this idea.

Jamie Massie is a businessman and will most definitely gain from this should it be passed. The city may own the stadium, but the money will be in the ticket sales. There is your answer to ‘why’.

Now ... why not? No baseball fan needs a view of Lake Simcoe while watching a game. A stadium could go absolutely anywhere in the city with the adequate space.

Speaking of space, the footprint alone of the stadium and parking would gobble up a large portion of our beautiful parkland. This stadium is not going to bring out-of-towners in to spend money in the downtown core, nor would a hall of fame or museum.

Barrie Baycats play 36 games per season, so 18 are at home. We will exploit this beautiful park for the sake of 18 games at approximately three hours per game? That’s 54 hours of entertainment and we all walk around this big stadium the rest of the year?

The Baycats won 33 out of 36 games last year. Is this exciting baseball to watch? Not currently. They have won the championship the last four years in a row.

As for retail, Barrie is over-saturated with it. It’s absolutely unnecessary and unwanted.

So, no. There is my fact finding free of charge. The Baycats have a suitable stadium 10 minutes out of Barrie that they seldom

fill to capacity, so this is just a bad idea on every level. Mr. Massie is free to expand

his bank account, but not at the cost of

our waterfront.

A novel idea ... leave it just the way it is. We have all contributed to new roads and parkland and it is stunning. We have festivals and tourists and it is truly a parkland for all people with no obstructions when we stroll the entire route.

Private interests have no place in making decisions for Barrie’s gem, the waterfront parkland.

Tweet or call your councillor or Mayor Jeff Lehman and let them know your feelings.

Carolyn Breen

Barrie 



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