Langley City picks Linwood Park for dogs and gardens

A new dog park and community gardens are going in at Linwood Park.

At the Dec. 15 meeting Langley City council picked the park at 201st Street and 55th Avenue.

The City operates a dog park at Brookswood Park and community garden plots at Nicomekl Elementary but there are not enough to meet demand.

Councillor Val van den Broek said she didn’t want to wait to make decisions because the plots wouldn’t be ready for next spring.

“It’s a huge thing for the community,” she said about being able to grow food. “It’s this fantastic community feeling.”

She said Douglas Park should have plots, too.

The City pays about $3,000 annually to operate the Nicomekl site. To be cost neutral, the City would have to charge $190 per plot.

The City will seek a community group to oversee Linwood plots to help reduce costs. That raised the concern about delaying construction.

“It would be a shame to drag this off into June or July,” said Mayor Ted Schaffer.

Staff said construction could begin before a group is in place.

Council debated the staff recommendation to set the cost at $25 per plot, up from the current $15.

Councillors were divided on whether to set a price now or wait until a group takes control. Staff will invite applications and review them in early 2015.

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