Writer Ras Gosse is dismayed by the lack of greenspace set aside in Willoughby as property in the area is being built up by developers. He wonders where residents of the new condos, townhouses and detached homes will go to walk surrounded by nature. He’d like to see trees, similar to those in Glen Valley’s Blaauw forest (above) spared in Willoughby.

Writer Ras Gosse is dismayed by the lack of greenspace set aside in Willoughby as property in the area is being built up by developers. He wonders where residents of the new condos, townhouses and detached homes will go to walk surrounded by nature. He’d like to see trees, similar to those in Glen Valley’s Blaauw forest (above) spared in Willoughby.

Letter: Where are Willoughby’s parks?

Editor: Shockingly, we have lost all of the Willoughby area in Langley to big development in two to three years.

All the thoroughfares in the Willoughby area — such as 200 and 208 Streets, and next 216 Street — are now jam-packed with cars all day long.

It is packed with the construction of thousands of townhouses, condos, new homes, shopping malls, lots of blacktop, creating more garbage and air pollution.

Where are the quiet, green, treed public city parks, jogging trails, picnic areas with swings and playgrounds for our children? Where are all the people in the condos going to go for parks?  Where are the large wooded public parks in the Willoughby area of Langley — similar to Surrey’s Bear Creek Park or Tynehead Regional Park?

Remember, green spaces are needed for people to enjoy nature, for birds, and small animals.

Recent medical studies have shown that wandering down a nature trail in trees and woods outdoors is very beneficial and healing to human wellbeing.

We also need trees to filter out the impurities in the air; thereby protecting our respiratory organs.

Until 2006, rural Langley still had quite a few large-treed lots along 200 and 208 Streets. Unfortunately, we are losing them at a high speed.

I understand 216 is now under developers’ scrutiny, as is Brookswood.

The current Langley Township mayor and council are not protecting any of our large treed areas for public parks for people to enjoy.  They seem to be only catering to the developers and almighty dollar.

Mayor and council, where are our large public city parks in Willoughby? Sadly, we have lost Willoughby.

Ras Gosse,

Langley