In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer). Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1983. Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.
Some context for this week’s question: In November 1983, the RMOW was preparing to sign a lease with WLC Developments to lease two lots (Lot 50, also known as the VIP lot, near the Keg and Lot 59, the golf course parking lot) for use as parking lots. This sparked a conversation about the need to light the lots, as one councillor was concerned that in the dark the uneven surface of Lot 50 would be dangerous to pedestrians and others worried about safety and crime prevention. While Lot 59 did have some lights installed, Lot 50 was lit only by the lights from surroundings buildings. It was decided that the expense of installing lights was too great, especially as the lease contract allowed either party to cancel the lease with only 30 days notice (the most likely scenario seemed to be that a developer could buy one of the lots from WLC and WLC would then terminate the lease, meaning any installed lighting would have to be removed or abandoned).
Question: What do you think of lighting in the above-ground Village parking lots?
Milan Carnogursky – Helicopter/Heavy Equipment Contractor – Surrey
It should be pay parking. I would like to see it (VIP lot) paved, and the municipality should exploit this area of revenue. Bright lights are not a deterrent to crime. They should not make them bright, but have low-intensity lighting right across. The uniqueness of Whistler Village must be preserved.
Shannon Hanson – Hotel Employee – Emerald Estates
I don’t think it’s adequate. This parking lot (VIP lot, beside Keg) needs a lot of work, and definitely needs to be lit up with a couple of really bright lights. I think people’s safety is more important than keeping the village lighting low-level. There are problems with vandalism and people stealing skis left on cars.
Dorothy Bunbury – Homemaker – Microwave Road
I really think it (VIP lot) needs light. Sure – use bright lights. Adequate illumination is not here, period. Add another buck to dinners in Whistler, that will pay for it. If the parking lot is well-lit and well laid-out it will be much more attractive. This lot is certainly patronized. If someone pays enough (as a Whistler patron) he should feel secure.