Proposing this venture be established in our last large, beautiful and serene green space is an arrogant move to say the least.
That council have entertained it for this length of time is unbelievable. A bike skills park for enthusiasts could be valuable in the right location and suitable terrain, John Phillips Memorial Park is neither. A massive transformation would be necessary which will not only disrupt the natural ambience of the park but disturb the wildlife.
The group of physically able bike enthusiasts is small in number compared to the 10,000 plus population of Sooke, to whom this park belongs.
Young and old, strong and those needing assistance currently stroll or are pushed and enjoy the park as it is now. A plan to change what is there into a fenced sporting area will restrict and could deter current users, deny that option to many more, is irreversible therefore unthinkable.