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There’s no doubt Sooke is in dire need of a dog park, but it needs to be the right size

Last week Sooke council received a special gift from the developer of View Pointe Estates: a park.

It’s rare for a developer to donate parkland back to a municipality, even rarer that they suggest what the parkland could be used for – a dog park.

And while council was happy with the donation, Coun. Rick Kasper suggested that people shouldn’t get excited about a dog park.

Instead, he said the parkland plan must go through the usual governance process and, in the end, it will be council’s decision on the park’s use.

Kasper isn’t barking up the wrong tree, but he should have gone a step farther and pointed out the park is too tiny (just 2,100 square feet) for a dog park.

There’s no doubt Sooke is in dire need of a dog park, but it needs to be the right size – not only for today’s population but as the community grows.

What council must do is get serious about a dog park facility, which proponents have called on for years. Where that park is eventually built is another question, and should be open to public debate,

One thing is for sure: the View Pointe Estates land is not the place.

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