More parking needed

We frequently find ourselves unable to park at the Glendenning entrance to Mt. Doug Park

My wife and I regularly walk our dog off-leash at Mount Douglas Park, several times a week, often every day in the morning or evening.  It is the closest large park to allow our dog to run freely; she is a very active standard poodle.  It was with dismay that, commencing in July, we frequently find ourselves unable to park at the Glendenning entrance to Mt. Doug Park.

I have some painful medical conditions that only allow me to walk limited distances, albeit with hiking poles to alleviate the back and leg pains. This means that we need to park our car as close to the park as possible.  Since ‘No Parking’ signs have been posted all the way along Glendenning, on both sides, the parking is now limited to a tiny section at the entrance to the park. Actually, only five vehicles can park there.  There should be parking for 15 vehicles, at least.

Having talked with many park users in the past few weeks, it is apparent that most of them decry the new no-parking zones that limit their access to a part of the park that lends itself well to dog walking and for those with limited mobility. The trails are not too steep on this side, making them more usable for a significant number of us.

There is ample space immediately adjacent to the current small parking area to create a larger parking area, without cutting down any large trees. It would only require the removal of brush, mostly snowberry, and levelling of the land and the laying down of some gravel or road mulch.

I emailed the Saanich mayor and council over four weeks ago regarding this issue and have not yet had a considered response to our concern and proposal.

Saanich should consider our concern in light of their Trail Master Plan, which states: “It creates the greatest variety of opportunities for the greatest number of users and is accessible to all.”

Peter Savage

Saanich

 

Just Posted

Death-penalty decision delayed for alleged cold-case killer

William Talbott is charged here in the 1987 slaying of a young Victoria-area couple

Emergency crews responding to incident in Goldstream Provincial Park

Delays in both directions on the Trans-Canada Highway in Langford

Pandora supervised consumption site has busy first month

Site whose aim is to save lives takes on a new client-driven name: The Harbour

Scam arrives on Saanich senior’s doorstep

Pair of fraudulent officers threaten to arrest 90-year-old woman

Project provides barrier to suicides at hospital parkade

VIHA budgets $650,000 for work at Royal Jubilee Hospital parkade

BC Games: Opening Ceremony from Laketown Ranch

Hundreds of athletes and thousands of volunteers, coaches, parents and officials

B.C. city wants pot punted from farmland

Concerned about conversion from growing food to making marijuana

World’s translators push back on forcing Trump interpreter to testify

Democrats had asked translator to testify about Trump’s lengthy conversation with Putin in Helsinki

No decision on B.C. school stabbing suspect’s mental fitness for trial

The BC Review Board could not determine whether Gabriel Klein, 21, is fit to stand trial

FRESH IDEA: Victoria tech firm beneficiary of streamlined government system

Software developer FreshWorks awarded $1.5-million contract using new bid program

Canadian government threatens to retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs

U.S president had suggested that auto imports pose a national security risk to the U.S.

Wildfire evacuation order forces bride to search for new wedding venue

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards is under an order due to the Mount Eneas wildfire south of Peachland

Recent online kitten abuse video raises serious social media questions

UBC and UFV profs weigh in on the subject of online sharing, shaming, and our digital landscape

Greater Victoria prices continue to rise as market shows signs of cooling

A survey shows the aggregate price of a home in Victoria increased… Continue reading

Most Read