Letter: Open letter to council

There is a misconception that “the naysayers”, ( taxpayers) are opposed to a bike skills park.

There is a misconception that “the naysayers”, ( taxpayers) are opposed to a bike skills park.

I believe that the issue is, not in John Philips’ Memorial park, next to residential homes in a park which is for everyone.

The  idea that children need a place to play is much overused. We have a skateboard park for extreme sports, which is for the most part a headache for policing and CRD Parks for repairs. We have a swimming pool, which was supposed to give the children something to do as well as an ice rink.

How much do we do for the children? We live in the center of a lovely wild natural setting. How about dads and moms taking their children into the lovely natural parks? How about taking a mountain bike up Harbourview Park?

Now there is a challenge. Perhaps, the Mountain bike club should be approaching the CRD/TLC as their decision was to only allow bikes and hikers into this park.

There is a bike washing station there, a great parking lot, water, and public washrooms. Build the bike skills park here. Residents won’t be affected and all the amenities are already there.

CRD has given approval for an ATV to the Fire Dept., specifically for this area. Why not build on this? There is a bike skills park at the arena, built by the bike club years ago. Larry Hutchings from the arena has no objections to the bike park being updated and refurbished.

Let’s look at options other than a $300,000 expenditure and $15,000 per year maintainance on a Beacon Hill type park. Baseball and soccer players are the largest users of the sports fields and activities in Sooke, yet there has been no help to bring the fields up to a good standard. The fields are so wet that 50 per cent or more of soccer games and practices need to be cancelled.

The $3,600 for bike skills design work would have been better spent to put in drainage on the fields. There is also a dire need for parking and a need for more baseball fields. Council members were all elected to be fiscally responsible, not politically popular.

We need to protect our children for the future and this means not saddling them with debts that can never be repaid. Future generation will not be able to go out and play in our forests as they, like their parents today, spend the majority of their time working to make ends meet. Be responsible and respect our future.

Ellen Lewers,

Sooke

 

Just Posted

The Sooke Fine Arts Show will be online again this year, showcasing unique artworks from Vancouver Island and B.C.’s coastal island artists from July 23 to Aug. 2. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Fine Arts Show to have a virutal walk-through gallery for 35th year

Longest-running show on Vancouver Island aims for 300 pieces in an online gallery

An elderly man having a medical emergency in Mount Douglas Park on May 13 was rescued by firefighters and paramedics with the help of ATVs. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Rescue team uses ATVs get man in medical distress out of Saanich park and to hospital

Cedarhill Road closed as firefighters, paramedics rescue man in Mount Douglas Park

While recovering several items reported stolen from the set of a Netflix movie in early April, West Shore RCMP also seized drugs and drug trafficking items from a Colwood residence last week. (Black Press Media file photo)
Electronics, credit cards taken from Neflix set found in Colwood home

West Shore RCMP seize stolen items, drugs, trafficking materials

Prince Rupert was one of the first B.C. communities targeted for mass vaccination after a steep rise in infections. Grey area marks community-wide vaccine distribution. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. tracks big drop in COVID-19 infections after vaccination

Prince Rupert, Indigenous communities show improvement

The bodies of Carlo and Erick Fryer were discovered by a local couple walking on a remote forest road in Naramata on May 10. (Submitted)
Kamloops brothers identified as pair found dead near Penticton

The bodies of Carlo and Erick Fryer were discovered by a local couple walking

Municipal governments around B.C. have emergency authority to conduct meetings online, use mail voting and spend reserve funds on operation expenses. (Penticton Western News)
Online council meetings, mail-in voting option to be extended in B.C.

Proposed law makes municipal COVID-19 exceptions permanent

A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
British Columbians aged 20+ can book for vaccine Saturday, those 18+ on Sunday

‘We are also actively working to to incorporate the ages 12 to 17 into our immunization program’

The AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)
2nd person in B.C. diagnosed with rare blood clotting after AstraZeneca vaccine

The man, in his 40s, is currently receiving care at a hospital in the Fraser Health region

Canada’s demo Hornet soars over the Strait of Georgia near Comox. The F-18 demo team is returning to the Valley for their annual spring training. Photo by Sgt. Robert Bottrill/DND
F-18 flight demo team returning to Vancouver Island for spring training

The team will be in the Comox Valley area from May 16 to 24

Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)
Bow-legged bear returns to Ladysmith, has an appointment with the vet

Brown Drive Park closed as conservation officers search for her after she returned from relocation

Brian Peach rescues ducklings from a storm drain in Smithers May 12. (Lauren L’Orsa video screen shot)
VIDEO: Smithers neighbours rescue ducklings from storm drain

Momma and babies made it safely back to the creek that runs behind Turner Way

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of May 11

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read