Paul Unwin’s sketches show a natural setting

Could a wishing pond be Sooke’s next landmark?

Paul Unwin is trying to convince Sooke council to build a wishing pond in the town core

Sooke could be getting its next landmark in a couple of years, if a local artisan’s proposal to build a wishing pond in the town core comes to fruition.

Paul Unwin approached Sooke council last week hoping to bridge the idea and reality of a “make Sooke proud” memorial park at the proposed new library location, off Anna Marie Road.

“Sooke has potential and this is a project I’d  like to see come to fruition,” Unwin told council, adding he’ll provide a cost estimate once a location is picked.

Unwin’s sketches show a natural setting, along with a clock, and wooden sculptures of iconic animals from the area such as bears, cougars, wolves and birds.

It’s a little too early to consider such a project, said Mayor Maja Tait, noting Sooke residents will need to be onboard with the idea.

“[For something like this] you need to have some very broad public engagement on. It’s a great idea, but there are other great ideas out there as well,” she said.

“I don’t want to commit to this without giving others the opportunity to create something.”

The district is still waiting for the particulars on the library land to be sorted out, Tait said, and won’t commit the property to other uses until then.

The idea certainly got council’s attention, such as Coun. Ebony Logins, who pointed out a survey of what people would like to see in front of a public facility.

“We had quite a few comments what was outside the [community centre] facility, such as a water feature, a park like feature, something to build a sense of community,” Logins said. “I’m glad you brought this forward because it does play into that.”

Coun. Brenda Parkinson also expressed interest in the idea.

“It’s a neat project and it would look lovely in our town,” she said.

Unwin told council he would like to see the district allocate staff to help raise funds for the project.

 

Just Posted

Santa’s Light parade glides through town on Saturday

Vancouver Island’s most popular Christmas parade is back for its 36th year

VIDEO: Innovating healthier homes

NZ Builders bring commercial concept into residential realm to improve energy efficiency and health

West Shore RCMP catch thieves in the act in Colwood

Thieves were trying to steal a utility trailer from the driveway of a home

FISHING ADVENTURES: Winter fishing starts to pick up

Crabbing in Sooke Harbour continues to be good with large male Dungeness around

Sooke girls volleyball squad places seventh at Island tourney

Dawn Gibson Sooke News Mirror The EMCS senior girls volleyball team made… Continue reading

Victoria’s Gingerbread Showcase on full display

Donate to place a vote for the people’s choice winner and support Habitat For Humanity

Wet weather expected for much of coastal B.C.

The Weather Network is calling for up to 200mm of rain to fall in some areas of the South Coast and Vancouver Island

B.C. reporter reflects on covering Charles Manson

Charles Manson, leader of a murderous cult, died on Sunday at 83

Running back propels Spectrum Thunder into first Subway Bowl final

Brandon Robbins scores hat trick of touchdowns

ICBC overbilling for crash repairs not the problem, dealers say

Collision repair shops reject union claim of inflated costs

B.C. groups to address child sex abuse in sports

viaSport is organizing a full day of education in association with Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Coaching Association of Canada.

Report sets exercise guidelines for young kids, including ‘tummy time’ for babies

Kids aged one to four should get at least three hours of physical activity throughout the day

Stampeders return to Grey Cup with 32-28 win over Edmonton Eskimos

The Stampeders will face the Toronto Argonauts next Sunday in Ottawa for the title

Nebraska approves TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline

Nebraska’s Public Service Commission approved TransCanada’s Keystone XL route in a close vote

Most Read