Letter to the Editor
I have concerns with the Pond’s Corridor Dog Park Report.
First off, the report shows maps of the proposed dog park along with maps of alternate locations. When you look at these maps, it is clear that the “approximate” 30-metre buffer boundary was deliberately drawn just outside of the Acreman properties, despite the fact that many of our homes are closer to the area than on the other two maps. Had they been included, the numbers would be a non-issue, not to mention that 30 metres from barking dogs is too short a distance. This park should not be located near any residential area.
Further on in the report percentages are given of those in support or against, yet that specific question has never been asked. I would say this is an unsupported assumption.
I would also question the generalization of in-person feedback demonstrating Pond’s Park Corridor as a more desirable location than John Phillips Memorial Park. As I spoke with residents while taking the petition around, this was not the general feedback I received nor is it consistent with the complete survey responses found in the appendix.
Many comments have been hand-picked to include in the report summary and are not necessarily representative of the information received as a whole and should never have been separated.
As for consultation, I left my name and phone number on the survey but no one ever called. I also sent correspondence on May 20 and it has not been included in the correspondence received. It makes me wonder how many other letters were not included in this report.
My hope is that Mayor and Council will read the report in its entirety before making any decision as the summaries provided do not give a balanced, objective reporting of the information received.
- District information on the Dog Park is available here – SPN Ed
- Original Letter to Council, emailed May 20, 2021, at 10:26am