Park ambiance improved with local road changes

Changes to Beacon Hill Park have made dramatic difference writes, Ken Cosgrove

Re: Traffic changes to park not appreciated by former staffer (Letters, Sept. 5)

I do not agree with Finn Andersen’s letter.

The dictionary definition of a park is in part “an area of land, usually in a largely natural state, for the enjoyment of the public, having facilities for rest and recreation, often owned, set apart, and managed by a city, state, or nation.”

Previous to these changes, the roads in Beacon Hill Park were nothing but an uncontrolled speedway to get from Douglas to Cook Streets or up to Dallas Road, hardly what I would call sensible park usage. The difference in driving around is negligible.

I use this park every day and the recent changes have made a dramatic effect on the ambiance of the park. Road noise is considerably reduced and the roads much safer for park users.

In fact, I have noticed more joggers and park usage since these changes were brought in.

As far as parking is concerned, I have never seen the parking lots full and if you have to walk a block, do so and enjoy the new found enjoyment.

The new park supervisor and council are to be congratulated.

Ken Cosgrove, Victoria