Letter: In Whistler, community hubs are the way of the future

‘Just think that in our real estate listings, the walk score could range from zero to seven or eight. Lists aside, it’s all about health and wellness.

I was pleased to read about the progress of Lil’wat Nation plans to build a gas station and multi-use buildings at the intersection of Alpha Lake Road and Lynham Road in Function. I understand that these things take time and liaison with the Ministry of Transportation is not for the faint hearted. That being said, it can’t happen soon enough.

As Braden Dupuis illustrated in his February 10 op-ed, the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s goal of reducing road traffic, and therefore reducing greenhouse gases, is important to them, and to us. all. I agree that it makes sense that “having fewer Cheakamus (and Function) residents traveling north for basic amenities is a good place to start.”

I would like to go further for Cheakamus Crossing/Function neighborhoods. Rainbow led the way with a gas station, daycare, liquor store, yoga studio, cafe, and grocery store. Decentralization, the creation of community hubs, is smart planning. We are blessed in southern communities to already have daycare, a small convenience store, cafes and much more, but with the upcoming addition of hundreds of new homes for residents (yah), now is the time expand our offerings and get us out of our cars, avoid freeway traffic and consolidate neighborhoods.

The community would benefit from a full-service grocery store, a full-service restaurant, a liquor store and ultimately a branch of the public library, as well as a small community center and medical and health. This community hub could start by offering an Alpine Café/grocery type development with a restaurant offering live music, an avenue for visual artists to display their work and most importantly, a place for neighbors (including families), to gather.

The idea of ​​being able to walk to these amenities excites me! Just think that in our real estate listings, the walk score can range from zero to seven or eight. Lists aside, it’s all about health and wellness. It’s good for people to walk around, see their neighbors, make connections while supporting and empowering local entrepreneurs as they work to provide services to our community.

All without getting into their car.

Libby McKeever // Whistler