I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Anderson’s letter. I think the Pond Park is fine just the way it is. The trail that runs along the length of Pond Park is a busy trail. It is used by many seniors who find it safer than walking up Church Road, that has a limited sidewalk. And yes, the students from elementary and middle schools do use the trail to get to and from school, also for group walks during the day.
I do live right beside the trail and would rather not have this park used as a dog park, I already have dogs wondering up to my front door that are not obeying their owners. I find it hard to believe that we even need a dog park in the middle of Sooke, if it were downtown Victoria I could see this. I also don’t think there is enough parking available. Because dog owners will drive here rather than walk.
As for the agreement with us and the municipality it was signed back to “Sooke” to be used as green space. I feel that it is being considered for a dog park because it is not a suitable piece of land to be sold off and developed as there would be no access to other houses. Other lots by us that used to be septic fields now have been sold off and have houses or duplexes on them.