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Need more kid-friendly activities on Pioneer | Letter
Let me offer a few suggestions on how to get people downtown to Pioneer Way.
1. Get rid of the one way; it’s too narrow, and the two days per year you get people downtown during Holland Happening, more than 30 vendors can’t set up on Pioneer Way. And the Fourth of July Parade cannot go down Pioneer Way because of public safety, kids too close to parade, floats, etc.
2. Most visitors to Oak Harbor have kids; there is absolutely nothing for kids to do in Oak Harbor — what go look at some art work downtown? I have three kids and they would say “boring.”
3. There is no eating establishment downtown; some are too expensive for most people with children. We need a Bob’s Burgers, Sonic or Red Robin in conjunction with a motel/hotel.
4. I do agree with a recent letter writer that we need a free public boat dock for water travelers.
Needless to say, you need something to draw residents and visitors to the downtown area, and putting up art work is not going to do it.