Editor: In response to the March 16 Gazette “Question of the Week” poll and local CVRD budget discussions regarding the Cowichan Sportsplex, I feel our community does use the complex and should support it.
During softball season, both a Lake Cowichan Ladies and a Men’s team uses the complex for the fall leagues. Community members also use the facilities for running and walking. Others have children who belong to sports teams that use the complex.
I belong to the Curling League in Lake Cowichan where I spend the same amount of hours per year as I do at the Cowichan Sportsplex.
The elementary schools also use the complex for track and field events, and again the elementary and middle schools use the complex to send finalists to the District Track events.
The amount of hours spent by elementary (Grade 3 – 7) students would likely be about the same as time currently spent at the curling rink and ice arena combined in one year. We are in desperate need of such a facility in Lake Cowichan, as well as more neighbourhood playgrounds, spray parks, a dog park, and more access to the lake and river. I encourage all community members to get involved as did those Cowichan Valley residents who spear headed the fund-raising for Cowichan Sportsplex, to help make Cowichan Lake an even better place to live.