Letters: More input needed

Public consultation and input needed before bike park moves forward

I note that you have given Lee Hindrichs considerable copy in her reply to my robust advice to Sooke Council. I appreciate the historical background  and information in the response  article in spite of the tone of condescension in parts and the silly labelling of my dissident opinion as a “naysayer.” I will take on board much of this information in future deliberation on the matter.

I  acknowledge that our hard-working councillors are working to correctly deal with the conflicting views on the merit of utilizing a part of John Phillips Memorial Park for the proposed Bike Skills Park and in no way directly disparage council’s effort. My concern is that the democratic process may be hijacked by one side due to organized pressure and that the taxpayers of Sooke are, in the future, perhaps left with the burden of administering and maintaining this project.

Also,  I acknowledge that many volunteers and supporters of the Bike Skills Park being placed in the John Phillips green space  have put in considerable time and personal effort in their cause with a view to achieving their aim; working together as a community group is always a rewarding and worthwhile experience.

Finally, I must reiterate that I fully support the establishment of a Bike Skills Park within Sooke with all its community benefits; I simply do not consider that John Phillips park is the only suitable venue. Sooke, as we all know, has little in the way of open public spaces for the populace and visitors to enjoy; Ed Mcgregor Park is a jewel linked with the board walkway and the Rotary Pier, but it is limited in size. Let us jealously guard what we already have, not just for ourselves but for future generations.

I welcome the planned information meeting coming in June; hopefully, we will have firm information in regard to the proposed development in John Phillips memorial Park including trail routes, jumps, ramps and any added service buildings. This will enable all of us to have open dialogue and to assist council in making decisions which are beneficial socially and fiscally to all of our community.

Errol A. Anderson

Sooke