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But what I do know is this: Keeping the sliding centre open is just plain crazy. It'll always be a financial black hole. It caters to absurd, Euro-centric non-sports. It will never be funded by those sports because there aren't enough people in the world interested in them to ever make them profitable.It will always require tax holidays — one of my few real disappointments with this council — handouts, government assistance and forbearance and the goodwill of the people of Whistler to keep limping along.
In the meantime, WOP lives in its shadow. Whistler Olympic Park is the real legacy of WSL. It's a stunning facility offering a sport/activity almost anyone can enjoy. Without the elephant, WOP can thrive... and it won't need the ridiculous village being planned for it either.
Roger, I don't envy you your job but if you really want to leave your own legacy on this town, kill the elephant. It's going to happen sooner or later, why prolong everyone's suffering? With that dead weight off your shoulders, that fine balance you're seeking will be easy to find. I wish you luck.
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