LETTER: Action needed to protect park

I was happy to see the Dec. 20 front page story regarding the condition of Saanich’s jewel in the crown, Mount Douglas Park.

The park is so much more than a green space. It is one of the few remaining places on the eastern coast of lower Vancouver Island that you can see a mature Douglas forest and Garry oak meadows. There should been a far greater emphasis on protecting what is left.

The article highlighted many of the abuses the park faces but there others. The cyclists that feel entitled to ride paths tearing up the ground and many who expect people to clear out of their way. There are schools and groups that use the park to teach survival skills and a love of nature by leaving the paths and trampling the forest floor.

Property owners that feel the park boundary doesn’t apply to them, composting anything that doesn’t fit in the green bin. This practice is ground zero for many of the invasive plants that are spreading. Young people that create campsites complete with unwanted furniture, fire pits and often drugs.

Then there are the dog owners that allow Fido to chase the wildlife and leave their calling cards behind while the rest of us have to do the doggie-do two step. The unfathomable dog owners who pick up after Fido only to leave the bag at the side of the trail or worst chuck it in to the bush.

Clearly there are many people who are the centre of their own little universe and how do we protect the park from them? My suggestion would be to create some paid positions as park rangers. I have a few thoughts on funding but that is a rant for another day.

Deborah McEwen

Victoria

Just Posted

VicPD seeks person of interest after short-term rental ransacked

Combined losses for damage and theft are over $5,000

Whitecaps favourite switches to the Island

Marcel de Jong worked to end Whitecaps contract, joining Pacific FC on the ground floor

RCMP ask for public’s help to determine cause of weekend fire

RCMP are investigating the cause of the South Island Concrete fire

UVic’s cutting-edge centre leading the way in drones and AI

Centre For Aerospace Research works with partners including Department of National Defence

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

Most Read