Opinion

Our take: Here’s to a view we all should be able to enjoy

Two things in particular stand out about the summit of Mount Prevost: the stunning panaromic view it offers of our community and beyond; and the war memorial cairn standing starkly against the skyline.

It’s sad so many people who help build this community, or whose families made the sacrifice marked by the cairn, are unable to enjoy either.

The issue is access and it is one that can and should be rectified.

That’s why North Cowichan’s decision to support a drive to turn the summit into a safe and accessible municipal park is a good one.

North Cowichan’s decision to put the onus on the community to rally support and funding for the project is correct. Tax dollars are stretched too far already; North Cowichan’s role should be land, staff time for planning, equipment use, maintenance and, in certain instances, matching capital funding. It should be up to the people on the street, the people who will ultimately enjoy the new park, to show they want it through fundraising and donations.

Talk of a helicopter landing pad seems, on the surface at least, like pure overkill — better access and increased preservation should be the ultimate goals here. A pad, while certainly providing access, shouldn’t come at the expense of trees, or other park amenities.

But steps to protect the view and the greenspace should be supported by most, and certainly safety improvements would be as well.

There will be dectractors: people are already using Prevost as their personal playground for activities that may ultimately suffer and have to move elsewhere if accessibility is increased.

But the fact is the peak is not their backyard and it is not remote.

It’s a view we all should enjoy.

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