Add your voice to planning at Gyro Park

Recent letters to the editor suggest there is no need for a new plan for Gyro Park

Recent letters to the editor suggest there is no need for a new plan for Gyro Park and cast aspersions about plan options and disparage the public review process being offered by parks staff now underway.

These critics/residents of Cadboro Bay would lead you to believe they are protecting the park and keeping it natural, but beware of their motives.

Gyro is a significant gem for all residents of Saanich as it is our major beach-oriented park suitable for a wide range of family and community gatherings and functions well with opportunities for both passive and active activities, including: sand castles, car festivals, community picnics, family gatherings, sailing, kayaking, communing with nature, storm watching or just a walk on the beach.

It attracts visits from all over greater Victoria and as such, many must come by car.

However, the critics want to keep Gyro without improvements and argue for minimal upgrades and even reduced parking so you won’t want to visit.

The plan options offered by parks staff provide for this diversity and create designated places for public assembly along with open space, improved playgrounds, free play fields and yet, at the same time, proposes to protect the beach and to expand the wetland.

This park must serve a wide range of public needs and plan options reflect a wide range of expectations. This is not the exclusive playground for local neighborhood dog walkers.

I urge all residents to go to the Saanich Parks website to observe three park plan options being offered for your review and comment. Don’t let a small group of local neighbours have the only voice to determine the future of your park.

James Anderson

Saanich