Share your opinion with editor@langleyadvancetimes.com

LETTER: Langley Township ruining popular park, says nearby resident

The residents fought for a park for years and now the Township says it’s underutilized

Dear Editor,

As you know for how the resident of Routley had to fight for a neighbourhood park back in 2011 — all those public hearings, meetings with school district and Township staff, honourable mayor at that time and their persistent denial of our rights during this long fought process.

The arts and culture division at TOL has come up with a plan to expand the dog park within the Routley neighbourhood park. They somehow have deemed certain area of this park as “underutilized” based on the feedback from users of this park.

However, this so called underutilized area of the park is one of the most utilized area of this park, this coming from a person who lives closest to this area of the park.

The area is the most popular picnic spot of the park as its a small hill which gives people the view of entire park with mild breeze in summertime. Kids, including mine, love to roll down on this small hill. Soccer moms and dads love the vantage point of this spot and watch their kids play. The big hill is becoming a spot for older kids and people who want to smoke, and the smaller hill is a quiet and safe sanctuary for many young kids and old people. This spot is the “true” arts and cultural hub of this park after the community garden patch.

What’s ironical is that none of the residents adjacent to the so called underutilized part of park was consulted, and it was deemed by people sitting at TOL that this area was underutilized. Who will have the best evidence regarding this area… the people who live next to it. This area acts as an excellent noise buffer, and I have not seen any detailed peer reviewed studies constituted by TOL to say otherwise.

We fought so hard for this park, and we waited for so long for its construction and then street widening, now it’s all dug up! My son, who was five at the time back in 2011 was part of the “walk” from Routley to our catchment school, our fight at that time for decent public space is now under attack again by bureaucrats at TOL.

The arts and culture division at TOL robbed us from the very thing they need to uphold.

Raj Gupta, Langley Meadows

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Seven-year-old Aaliyah Rosa was found dead in an apartment in Langley in July. (Langley Advance Times files)
Child’s body cold, no pulse, off duty cop testifies in Langley murder trial

The seven-year-old girl’s mother faces a first-degree murder charge

Trinity Western University’s men’s hockey team will host the three-team Captains Cup, featuring the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the Spartans, starting November 12th (Courtesy TWU)
Captains Cup hockey series comes to Langley

Trinity Western University to host UBC and SFU at George Preston arena

LOSC members worked out at the Aldergrove outdoor pool on Saturday, Oct. 24 (LOSC/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Swim club ‘broken-hearted’ by Langley Township pool decision

Staff report said it will cost less to reopen WC Blair instead of Walnut Grove

.
ON COOKING: Chef offers a new take on pumpkin spice

Pumpkin puree can be used to make a salad dressing

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for briefing on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020 (B.C. government)
B.C. records 217 more COVID-19 cases, mask use urged

Infection spike continues, 21 senior facilities affected

Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
L.A. Dodgers beat Rays 3-1 to win 1st World Series title since 1988

National League champs claim crown in six games

Pixabay photo
‘Horrific’ abuse of volunteers and staff by parents must stop, Chilliwack soccer club says

Parents have become abusive after being told COVID-19 rules, email says

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

People march during a climate strike in Montreal, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Judge rejects 15 youths’ climate change lawsuit against Canadian government

Justice Michael Manson has granted the government’s motion to strike the plaintiffs’ claim

A woman walks through check in at WestJet at Pearson International airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Strong support for pre-flight COVID testing ahead of upcoming WestJet trial: YVR

Airport is partnering with UBC, which is helping choose the method of pre-flight testing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the COVID pandemic during a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau says pandemic ‘really sucks,’ and that Christmas gatherings are up in the air

The prime minister encouraged residents to continue to follow the advice of local health authorities

The Williams Lake Indian Band is stipulating no-go zones for mushroom picking in areas burned by last summer’s wildfires. 100 Mile Free Press photo
Who controls mushroom harvesting on Indigenous lands?

‘We don’t necessarily know where the mushrooms grow, how old the stands need to be, those types of things.’

Most Read