Letters: Needs vs priorities

Sooke council needs to figure out which priorities come to top of the list

We really need to get our needs into a priority.

We are told by council there is a $100,000 fund for parks. What is needed? Firstly a sign at John Phillips, indicating this is a park so folks know they can get out and enjoy, and a parking spot to park their cars, this is on either end.

Another need is some water, washroom and some hydro and perhaps a gazebo. This would take care of the $100,000.

There was discussion about folks wanting to donate a bench in memory of loved ones, well, let it be known what the cost is, and that we would love to have their memorial bench in the park for all to enjoy.

When we have the infrastructure in, we can then advertise for festivals, events, weddings and more for folks to actually rent portions of the park for the day. With these monies we can put aside some more monies for more infrastructure, like swings, slides and the like. Passive sports so as not to hinder other users. Places to play catch, throw a frisbie and such. We could also ask for folks to donate shrubs and trees in memory of their loved ones.

The mayor suggested that folks could donate trees, in memory of their loved one, for the newly created Wadams Way. Mr. and Mrs. Wadams would have been pleased to have trees planted along here.

When we have our infrastructure in order, we can look at other opportunities as the need arises. I’m afraid that horseshoe pitches are not at the top of the list. A nice sport as it is, first we need to get the park ready for all to enjoy. I don’t think we should lead the horseshoe club on. I couldn’t find horseshoe pitches in Langford or Colwood and the horseshoe pitch at the flats, which was offered to the club, have been taken out as it appears that the club was not interested.

We need to look again at the park plan. There were a lot of emotions when the park plan was being made and folks did not attend the planning as they were angry about the golf course fiasco. Time to go back and fix it right this time.

Ellen Lewers

Sooke