5/11/16 Letters to Winnipeg Free Press
Parks going to the dogs
Donna Henry’s frustration with the City of Winnipeg bureaucracy is not unique (Dog park upgrades must wait, May 10). We totally sympathize with Henry and all those who have supported the Kilcona Park Dog Club’s fundraising efforts to improve the amenities at Kil-Cona Park.
The Little Mountain Park Conservancy Group has also been stonewalled in its attempts to implement plans to enhance the natural amenities of its park, most recently a negative response to its initiative to install an aerator pump in the quarry pond to discourage algae and mosquitoes.
In both cases, groups of citizens — who are also tax- and ratepayers — donate time, money and expertise to improve the parks only to be stymied by bureaucrats who treat the civic resources they are responsible for like personal fiefdoms. I hope the mayor and council take note and brings a fresh approach to such initiatives. There are a few of us who use city parks, own dogs, and vote.
Karen E. Zoppa
Little Mountain Park Conservancy Group Inc.