Letters: Tired of the naysayers

Letter writer is in favour of the proposed Bike Skills Park

I am endlessly frustrated and tired of reading the letters and opinions of hypocritical naysayers. People who are against everything, but never seem to have an alternative suggestion or idea of their own to offer.

They protest “green” energy sources – solar requires clear-cutting and dirty manufacturing of panels; hydro alters natural water courses; tidal has a negative effect on marine life; nuclear might one day have a meltdown; wind turbines are loud and kill birds; yet they expect our utility providers to service their homes with heat and electricity.

They protest pipelines and tar sands, yet demand access to oil so they can drive their cars and heat their homes. They protest cell radiation and tower locations, yet they have a smart phone in their pocket 24/7. They even protest triathlons.

Locally, we have the John Phillips Memorial Park naysayers. I drive by this park at least four times a day, and it is almost always deserted.

The naysayers want to keep this “beloved” green space (which many letter writers have admitted they didn’t realize was a park, and have never been there) in its natural state, so that people can continue not to use it. If the park is left in its current “natural” state, it will eventually be developed or it will turn into a beautiful cluster of blackberries and broom for us all to enjoy.

They say this is the last, large, valuable green space in Sooke? Step out your front door and open your eyes.

The best use of this treasured green space, to ensure its long term protection and make it most accessible for everyone, is to give a small piece to as many special interest groups as possible, allowing the park to be shaped and enjoyed by everyone in the community – a horseshoe playing area, bike skills park, frisbee golf course, off-leash area for dogs, children’s waterpark/playground, workout circuit etc., – an area that all Sooke residents can actually use and be proud of. The bike park has never been a single- use suggestion.

This past week a letter was published, trashing a local small-business owner and his dedicated effort to turn a small part of John Phillips Park into a useful area for Sooke’s children to use. I am not a member of the Sooke Bike Club, but I do know that Lorien Arnold has dedicated a tremendous amount of time, effort and money for several bicycle-oriented projects in our community. For many years Lorien has been one of Vancouver Islands leading bicycle advocates, promoting a green transportation alternative as well as a healthy and active lifestyle for children, and yet the naysayers attack him for his unending, unappreciated, community-serving efforts. Clearly people are losing sight of the fact that this bike park is for kids – not for the few dedicated volunteers in the club.

Maybe some parents in Sooke want their children to grow up knowing nothing but TV and video games, but for me, I want my kids to play outside. I can’t think of a better use for our green space than to provide several options of outdoor activities for all members of the community – young and old – to enjoy together.

It takes a community to raise a child. Don’t be a hypocrite, and unless you have an alternative suggestion, keep your ‘no’ to yourself.

Chris Dunn

Sooke

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ocean Boulevard could open after Labour Day

Colwood council expected to discuss options later this month

Sidney can ‘only educate and encourage’ people to social distance

CAO says municipality lacks legislative authority to enforce social distancing in public

View Royal fire chief calls for realistic solutions to ‘mess’ at Thetis Lake

Emergency crews harassed while extinguishing brush fire, rescuing drunk 15-year-old during long weekend calls

Greater Victoria woman goes on gratitude mission to thank first responders

Jen Klein fainted while driving and crashed on Pat Bay Highway in 2019

B.C. records 146 new COVID-19 cases through long weekend

More that 28 people tested positive for the virus each day since Friday

Canucks tame Minnesota Wild 4-3 to even NHL qualifying series

J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with goal and an assist

Cyclist in hospital after being hit by load of lumber hanging from truck on B.C. highway

A man is in hospital with broken ribs, punctured lung and a broken clavicle and scapula

COVID-19 vaccine efforts provide hope but no silver bullet to stop pandemic: Tam

There are more than two dozen vaccines for COVID-19 in clinical trials around the world

Two people die in propane heated outdoor shower near Princeton

Couple was attending a long weekend gathering

Racism in B.C. healthcare: Deadline for First Nations survey coming up on Aug. 6

Survey comes after hospital staff allegedly played a blood alcohol guessing game

‘We want to help’: As overdose deaths spike, beds lay empty at long-term Surrey rehab centre

John Volken Academy searching for ‘students’ to enlist in two-year residential treatment program

Study shines light on what makes LGBTQ+ youth feel safe in a community

The study goes beyond looking at school or family supports

Most Read