Langford Lake not big enough for rowers and summer users

It’s like putting a private yacht club in a public park, so clearly unfair.

A proposal to build a “community rowing facility” on Langford Lake would have rowers on the lake weekends in September and June, and early mornings and late afternoons September though June.

This would seriously disrupt the enjoyment  of many people using the lake for fishing, swimming, sailing and just floating around on their rafts, tubes and other toys.

On weekends in September and June, when it is still quite warm, a rowing lane would cut the lake in half north to south, directly in the path of all the boats from the boat launch and swimmers from one of the two tiny beaches.

Early mornings and late afternoons in the fall and spring are prime fishing times, and the long rowing boats would significantly reduce the area where people could fish.

Langford Lake is a pretty small lake – too small for an activity like competitive rowing. The City of Langford is calling it a “community “ rowing club but it’s joint proposal with a prestigious and expensive private school, St. Michaels’ University.

The private school would be paying to build a boathouse, fenced storage, two docks, showers, an office and exercise room –all squeezed in the northwest corner, which, by the way, is parkland.

So, what we have here is a proposal to spoil the fun of many for the benefit of an elite group. It’s like putting a private yacht club in a public park, so clearly unfair. How did the idea get this far?

Sandy Bell

Langford

Just Posted

Legend of Victoria dog ‘Cody’ lives on with successful pet drive

Charmaine’s furniture store collecting donations for Victoria Pet Food Bank

Skygazers spot mysterious flaming object during Sunday’s lunar eclipse

University of Victoria astronomer explains the “glowing object”

Evicted UVic student questions Saanich’s housing bylaw

Emma Edmonds had been living with six roommates, while the bylaw states you cannot exceed four

Sooke trade show targets local business

Sookrama planned for April

Plecas report: Thousands spent on trips, booze, magazines and a wood splitter

Two suspended B.C. legislature officers have been accused of ‘flagrant overspending’

WATCH: Celebration of Life hosted for 29 Victoria trees set to be removed

Community Trees Matter Network hosting “goodbye and thank you” for trees on Fort Street

POLL: Do you support a speculation tax on vacant homes in Greater Victoria?

Homeowners have begun to receive letters asking if they should be exempt… Continue reading

Why would the B.C. legislature need a firewood splitter?

First sign of police involvement in investigation of top managers

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

Judge annuls hairdresser’s forced marriage to boss’ relative

Woman was told she’d be fired if she didn’t marry boss’s Indian relative so he could immigrate here

Liberals look to make home-buying more affordable for millennials: Morneau

Housing is expected to be a prominent campaign issue ahead of October’s federal election

Cannabis-carrying border crossers could be hit with fines under coming system

Penalties are slated to be in place some time next year

Man accused of threatening to kill ‘as many girls as I see’

Christopher W. Cleary wrote he was angry because he’d never had a girlfriend and wanted to ‘make it right’ with a mass shooting

Most Read