The following letter was sent to the District of Sechelt, Sunshine Coast Regional District and copied to Coast Reporter.
I am writing to request that the city provide lights on one of the fields after dark on week nights during the fall/winter.
I am a single dog owner who lives in a studio apartment and works full time. I participate in women’s league soccer, and have noticed that we are able to turn on the lights at Kinnikinnick field for our practices.
My dog is a very high-energy dog, who needs a good run around to get tired. I also enjoy running for exercise, and do not feel safe to do this in the dark as a young female.
As a young person living in the Sunshine Coast community, I find it difficult to have entertainment at night time with Vancouver so far away, and travel expensively unattainable. I feel that not having a lit-up area to exercise outside is lowering my quality of life during the months with less daylight.
We are constantly being told that many health problems are occurring from lack of exercise in North America. These costs are incurred by the health care system. I feel that the cost of turning on the lights on a field would be worth the health of those willing to participate on the illuminated field.
A simple timer could be installed to illuminate the field at set times, and those times could be posted throughout the community.
I wonder if the community would be supportive of this, and would gladly like to hear some feedback.
Kari Rubboli, Sechelt