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Letters to the Editor - May 2012

01 May 2012

It is an absolute disgrace that the Icehouse public car park has no exit facility for pedestrians going to the Icehouse and in that general direction (Pearl River Rd).

As a figure skater I carry at least one large heavy bag and, when competing, several bags.

The hockey players carry extra large bags.

Not only do we have large and heavy bags on our shoulders but we have to risk our lives dodging entering and exiting cars and ducking and weaving boom gates.

Whilst there is disabled parking, I have a personal friend who is wheel-chair bound and she had to duck her head under the boom whilst in her chair (she says because she is short this is just barely achievable) hoping no cars come in as she has nowhere to go to avoid them.

Many families with young children are unfamiliar with the car park cannot find a safe way out.

As this facility is named the Icehouse car park, it is absurd that it doesn’t cater in a safe manner for rink patrons.

Clearly, health and safety has been totally ignored in this car park.

Do we need a fatality for something to be done?

The solution is relatively simple. If two car spaces were given up on the Pearl River Rd side and a doorway made we could all safely get to and from the rink and shops in that area.

Yvonne Shubart
Olympic Figure Skating Club Inc.

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