Dog park group a grass-roots initiative

Valerie Thiessen, in her letter to the editor, responds to a recent Tribune article about the dog park in Williams Lake.


I am respectfully responding to the recent article in the Tribune about the Williams Lake Off-Leash Dog Park.

In the article David Reedman questions how the decision was made and the amount of money spent on the Dog Park. With other projects listed as a priority he questioned how a dog park got the green light.

This letter states my opinion in a democracy where we have freedom to publicly express our own opinions and views.

As in other communities, there are various user groups utilizing city parks and financial resources.

While priorities are identified in various relevant Community Plans, fortunately small emerging projects that move the community forward are not precluded.

Community plans are guidelines and not dictums that are set in stone. Any effective and responsive Plan is a “living document” able to evolve as new information and priorities come to light.

City council is free to utilize existing committees such as the Central Cariboo Recreational Advisory Committee (CCRAC) or to strike independent advisory committees as needed. As the CCRAC has no decision making power and their energies are currently focused on the Pool Feasibility Study Project perhaps a Dog Park Advisory Committee comprised of informed and dedicated citizens was a practical way to proceed.

The Williams Lake Off-Leash Dog Park was created in response to a local grass roots initiative and reflective of a trend sweeping across North America. It is a partnership between the City of Williams Lake and a particular user group.

A similar process may have been followed during the development of the existing skateboard park and the bike park already located in Boitanio Park.

While the city has contributed $15,000 for fencing, the Dog Park Committee is currently fund raising for benches, irrigation, signage, promotional materials, etc. and aiming for a reciprocal contribution of $10,000 to $15,000.

When signage is in place the committee will make arrangements for the grand opening.

I close with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi:  “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”


Valerie Thiessen

Dog Park

Committee member

Williams Lake

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The city of Williams Lake has received provincial funding for a proposed boardwalk connecting the RC Cotton Trail to the River Valley Recreational Trail. (City of Williams Lake rough visualization of the proposal)
$550,000 provincial funding announced for Williams Lake boardwalk trail

The boardwalk will connect the new RC Cotton Trail to the river valley

100 Mile RCMP Staff-Sgt. Svend Nielsen. (Patrick Davies photo, 100 Mile Free Press).
100 Mile RCMP investigate theft at airport hangar, 88 other incidents

Incident is one of 89 calls attended by police from Feb. 17 to 23.

Williams Lake city council is interested in acquiring the former Poplar Glade School property on Eleventh Avenue. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake city council sets sights on two former school properties

School District said there is a five-step process for property disposal

School District 27 (SD27) issued notice Thursday, Feb. 25 of a COVID-19 exposure at Mountview Elementary School. (Angie Mindus photo)
School district reports positive COVID-19 case in Williams Lake elementary school

A letter went home to families of Mountview Elementary School

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

“Our biggest challenge has been the amount of vaccine,” said FNHA acting chief medical officer Dr. Shannon McDonald. (First Nations Health Authority Facebook photo)
All First Nations on reserve to be vaccinated by end of March: First Nations Health Authority

Vaccinations continuing for B.C. First Nations amid shortages

(Delta Police Department photo)
B.C. youth calls 911 after accruing $7K in online gaming charges

‘Police spoke with the student about appropriate times to call 911’

Site C will go ahead, one year later and $5.3 billion more, the NDP announced Feb 26. (BC Hydro image)
B.C. NDP announces Site C will go ahead with new $16B budget

Reviews recommend more oversight, beefed up foundation stability work

The BC Prosecution Service announced last year that it was appointing lawyer Marilyn Sandford as a special prosecutor to review the case, following media inquiries about disclosure issues linked to a pathologist involved in the matter. (Black Press Media files)
Possible miscarriage of justice in B.C. woman’s conviction in toddler drowning: prosecutor

Tammy Bouvette was originally charged with second-degree murder but pleaded guilty in 2013 to the lesser charge

A kid in elementary school wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Metro Creative)
Union asks why an elementary school mask rule wouldn’t work in B.C. if it does elsewhere

B.C. education minister announced expansion of mask-wearing rules in middle, high school but not elementary students

A pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
Canada approves use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

The country joins more than a dozen others in giving the shot the green light

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Most Read