Parks are places to be shared by all

Re: Dog owners simply need to show consideration to solve problems, Letters, March 31.

To the Editor,

Re: Dog owners simply need to show consideration to solve problems, Letters, March 31.

I am a dog owner who cherishes my morning walks in Linley Valley every day. It is truly a gift to all of us who live here; there is nowhere else like it in Nanaimo.

I believe it is integral for dogs to be able to run and play in the woods without being leashed, and it’s just as important for the people that belong to them.

I understand the point of view of those who believe dogs should be kept on leash and I respect the fact there are those who wish to enjoy Linley and are not dog lovers.

I am offering a compromise – why not have set hours that are off-leash?

From 9 a.m. to noon could be an off-leash time with the rest of the day being on-leash.

The areas of Linley that are residential could be on-leash 24 hours.

This would allow the greatest number of community members, human and canine, to enjoy what is truly a sanctuary.

Linley Valley provides a healthy escape from busy lives and a place for connection with nature. Why wouldn’t we want as many members of our community to enjoy it as possible?

Bonnie Catterson

Nanaimo