Letters: Bike park will be used

Problems with park usage can be overcome and addressed

At the June 26 public open house on the proposed T’Souke Community Bike Park, two designs were presented for a proposed world class park in the NE wedge of John Phillips Memorial Park.

Some of the neighbours expressed concerns that the under-used park in their back yards would change to something they weren’t comfortable with. Their concerns were heard and noted. None of them was an insurmountable problem and the Sooke Bike Club looks forward to addressing them in subsequent designs for the park.

A bike course was included in the original 2006 plan for JPMP, and ever since many dedicated individuals and groups have been trying to make headway on getting it built. The unveiled plans have been designed to be very neighbor and family friendly. They consist of features that can be used by everyone, from tots to teens to more mature riders — beginner to expert. The park will also have native landscaping, walking paths, picnic tables and benches for everyone to enjoy. This sliver of the park will be beautiful and it will be used.

Kids and families will have a playground in the centre of town, accessible by bike. We want our kids active, visible and safe. The bike park at JPMP will give us a central location, where kids will be seen and parents can join and play with them. It will be a location that will attract visitors to the park. The park will be accessible and free of charge to anyone, including school and recreation groups. JPMP is by far the best location for this community playground.

Anyone who goes past John Phillips on any day can see that it is spectacularly underutilized. Currently, it is not an attractive or natural park. It is a decommissioned golf course, living in limbo. We have the opportunity here to do something that will have a broad appeal and attract families and visitors to Sooke. Let’s stop stalling and start acting on behalf of youth and families in Sooke.

Christina Schlattner

Sooke

Just Posted

Sidney veterans club raises $29,000 for community organizations

Annual donation directly benefits Guides and Scouts, seniors centres, food bank, among others

BC Transit’s Stuff the Bus brings back the spirit of giving to Victoria

17th annual Stuff the Bus is Dec. 15 at Save-On-Foods at Tillicum Centre

Sooke’s under-14 girls squad ready for playoff tests

Sooke team has perfect record so far

Sooke’s Santa Run joined with Otter Point to fill the food bank

Dozens of volunteers took to the streets to gather food and cash donations

VIDEO: Close encounter with a whale near Canada-U.S border

Ron Gillies had his camera ready when a whale appeared Dec. 7

1 arrested after bizarre incident at U.S.-B.C. border involving bags of meth, car crash

Man arrested after ruckus in Sumas and Abbotsford on Thursday night

More B.C. Indigenous students graduating high school: report

70% of Indigenous students graduated, compared to 86% across all B.C. students

2 facing animal cruelty charges after emaciated dog found in B.C.

Amy Hui-Yu Lin and Glenn Mislang have been charged with causing an animal to continue to be in distress

No flood of extremist returnees to Canada expected, federal report says

The report says some 190 people with connections to Canada are suspected of terrorist activity abroad

Out of the doghouse: B.C. city lifts ban on pup who barked too much at dog park

Cameron the Shetland sheepdog is allowed back into Uplands off-leash dog park under some conditions.

Canada-China relations turn icy over arrest of Chinese exec

The Huawei case has threatened to complicate U.S.-China efforts to resolve a bitter trade dispute.

Prosecutor signs off on former B.C. Liberal government’s quick-wins probe

David Butcher said in a statement released Monday that the RCMP recommended charges under the Elections Act

Canadian physicist who won Nobel Prize touts science for the sake of science

Donna Strickland, 59, said securing the field’s highest honour has given her a significant new platform

Most Read