Saanich should seek more recreation opportunities

Re: Rec opportunities abound in Saanich, (Frank Leonard, Aug. 30)

Re: Rec opportunities abound in Saanich, (Frank Leonard, Aug. 30)

It was interesting to read the guest column by Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard.

I agree that Saanich has done pretty well over the years promoting parks and recreation and am pleased with the resources that they have put into various recreation programming and maintenance of parks land.

What I would love to see though is Saanich departments becoming more proactive instead of reactive.

It shouldn’t always have to be the community members requesting changes and making recommendations. It would be wonderful if at times Saanich could take the initiative and consult with the community in a meaningful way and this could mean to “think outside the box.”

A great example would be in the Shelbourne Village, Mount Tolmie areas.

Statistics and from surveys conducted for the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan, we know we have a high population of seniors and students who live in this area. But what we don’t have is a community centre.

The ideal spot for one would be the vacant Rogers Video space on Shelbourne Street.  It wouldn’t take that much too run and guaranteed that many volunteers would come forward to help with programming, etc.  And what a wonderful community collaboration of seniors, students, youth, local merchants and the municipality it could be.

This is just one example of community engagement and a reminder to all residents not to be shy about sending your ideas and interests to Saanich.

We know that not everything is feasible, but as taxpayers you do have a right to voice your opinion. Maybe this is something to keep in mind as the next municipal election is coming up in 2014.

Marlene Bergstrom

Saanich

 

 

 

Just Posted

Protective human chain forms around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

City of Victoria announces two more affordable housing projects

The city commits nearly $2M to projects in James Bay and Hillside-Quadra neighbourhoods

Saanich could become the new home of the world’s largest gnome

Galey Farms could find out Tuesday whether it will host the eight-metre-tall structure

Appeal by Victoria to province for regional police puts pressure on Saanich

Mayor Fred Haynes opposes push for regional policing

Victoria council denies VicPD coverage for Employer’s Health Tax

Several cuts to police costs have dropped the proposed municipal tax from 4.3 to 3.9 per cent

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

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

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Motorcyclist dies after three-vehicle crash on old Island Highway

Accident happened at 12:15 p.m. Friday near Country Club Centre in Nanaimo

B.C. fire department offers tips to keep your home safe during wildfire season

With wildfire season getting closer, the Penticton Fire Dept. offer tips to keep your home safe

Fierce house cat spotted as ‘aggressor’ in face off with coyote in B.C. backyard

North Vancouver resident Norm Lee captures orange cat versus coyote in backyard showdown

Wilson-Raybould to reveal more details, documents on SNC-Lavalin affair

Former attorney general has written to the House of Commons justice committee

Most Read