LETTER: Moorecroft Park should remain in a natural state

I am very concerned about the changes the RDN wants to make to Moorecroft Regional Park.

Moorecroft is a pristine nature park. People come to the park for its quiet, natural setting, to be involved in nature, not seeing garbage or dog feces but being able to stop and breath the clean air in a forest, listen to and see many types of birds and animals in their natural setting.

Elementary students are brought to Moorecroft to understand and realize a forest’s peaceful workings; the diversity of a natural woodland. Why is the district wanting to change it and make it a more recreational place?

The RDN says they may have a kiosk, perhaps a summer trailer eatery by the water. Perhaps put in more trails. Moorecroft needs none of these. These lead to the decline of a natural setting.

They want to put more parking in residential areas. We don’t need more parking. Seldom are there more than three to six cars in the existing lots now. It is not a mall; it is a reserved area for nature to still exist. Because the RDN has control over the meadow they are planning on a First Nations amphitheatre there. How restful is that for animals and birds or the community? It just pushes creatures living in Moorecroft out of their habitat.

The RDN wants to open Moorecroft to more filming and weddings and who knows what. It just doesn’t seem to me that this brings nature to the public. It pushes the public away from a spiritual encounter in nature, to being often closed to the public due to events.

Change things so humans can be more active, the RDN says. Observing is not living in and being with nature. This is what I believe Moorecroft is about.

Ellie Halcrow

Nanoose Bay

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