The Fraser experience has already waited. The Mighty Fraser River, the backbone of the Valley, has slowly but inexorably been reduced to an industrial highway.
Except for a few disconnected parks and derelict boat launches, public access is difficult or impossible.
For all our talk, we have isolated ourselves from the Fraser and turned our backs on all of the opportunities the river can create.
The anonymous author of the “Experience can wait” editorial feels that the Experience the Fraser project is not worth the cost, that it will not generate any financial return for the “taxpayers.” The author has become so focused on financial value that he has forgotten about values of other kinds.
The Experience the Fraser project proposes to bring the human aspect back to the river. In so doing, the Fraser River will change from something we briefly glimpse between waterfront industries to the centerpiece of our communities. And we will all be better off for it.