Re: Skate Park for Central Saanich, Friday, Feb. 20 PNR.
Great news for a skate park in Central Saanich. We need to provide areas for youth to exercise and have fun outdoors.
The Stelly’s Secondary School site, in my opinion, fits the bill to a tee and would compliment the existing climbing wall and tennis facilities.
It’s a natural gathering place for teenagers, no close neighbours, an open area with good visibility from the road and easy access parking and surveillance if required.
The location is readily available with minimal adjustments in construction, therefore saving tax money for other projects.
The alternative sites at Centennial Park are somewhat secluded, a more family orientated area with seniors, children, horses and dog walkers frequenting the park daily. Parking is somewhat restricted, but all enjoy the trees and trails.
We need to preserve our wooded spaces and environment as was shown in the article on the same date, with the District of Central Saanich unanimously approving a proposed resolution for the right to a healthy environment. We must strive to retain our green localities if we wish to avoid the fate of other Canadian towns that due to no long-term planning have suffered irreversible damage environmentally.
In closing, the Central Saanich Lions Club is a wonderful group of very hardworking dedicated people, who constantly give to the community. Maybe the new skate park could be dedicated with a sign to Mr. Bill Eastgate in recognition of his service and affection for his community, a fitting memory to a respected man.
Margaret J. Jestico, Saanichton