A West Vancouver citizen has expressed frustration at the poor state of John Lawson Park and the complacency of the West Vancouver district in not addressing the issue.
The citizen wrote to the council eight months ago to complain about water puddles in the park that make it difficult for residents to enjoy the area.
“Every time it rains, the walkway in John Lawson Park becomes unpassable. This pathway is probably used by a thousand people and it’s presently a disaster. People are forced to walk on the soggy grass or the narrow concrete barrier. It just needs some more asphalt, perhaps concave so water runs off each side and some proper drainage. Not only is it almost impassable in the rainy weather, it looks horrible, is likely a safety issue and does not reflect well on West Vancouver,” the citizen wrote to the council.
The citizen has even offered to help the council by donating some money for paving the walkway. “If it’s a money problem, I’d be delighted to donate $100 for a load of clean gravel,” he said.
The citizen wrote again this month reminding the council that the walkways in the Park needed urgent attention, even attaching a picture of the puddles in the walkway to illustrate how bad it can get.
“I wrote to you about this issue some eight months ago but nothing has been done. The paths are flooded and people, some with strollers and some elderly with walkers, have to navigate around the puddles. Surely, in West Vancouver, in 2017, we can expect walkways which do not involve wading through water, or trying to balance around a slippery concrete beam. I expect sure and safe footing and the elderly with walkers would greatly appreciate it,” he said.
The district has yet to respond to the letter about the John Lawson Park, which it bills as a ‘lovely place for a waterfront stroll’ on its website.