Josiah Pimentel laughed as he tried to avoid getting sprayed at the spray park behind Walnut Grove Secondary School and near Walnut Grove Community Park. Troy Landreville Langley Times

Six neighbourhoods in six weeks: Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove is where families come to live and play

Located in the northwest corner of Langley, the neighbourhood of Walnut Grove is where families come to live and play.

Walnut Grove is one of the largest residential neighbourhoods in Langley, with a population of nearly 25,000 residents. It’s home to a plethora of parks, playing fields, playgrounds, a water park and Langley’s largest swimming pool and public ice skating rink.

Its close proximity to the freeway and connection to the Golden Ears Bridge makes it ideal for commuters. It’s also a great place for businesses to flourish.

If this neighbourhood has a theme, it is fitness. There is a large running culture in Walnut Grove. Most evenings, groups of runners can be seen, as can cyclists, walkers and families out for stroll.

Eat

From an oyster bar and what many residents argue is the best Chinese food around, to bubble tea and pizza places, Walnut Grove offers a wide range of options, with flavours from around the world. As well as several high-end dining options, you can also find your favourite chain restaurants. From cozy diners, fusion foods, classic menus and fast-food — there is no need to leave Walnut Grove when you are hungry. And if you have a sweet tooth, Walnut Grove is the place to meet for ice cream or a coffee.

See

Home to 18 regular screens and IMAX, Langley’s only remaining indoor movie theatre — Cineplex Langley Cinemas (formerly Colossus) is located in Walnut Grove. Cineplex Langley Cinemas offers multiple movie watching options for every cinematic taste — from the latest explosive blockbusters to smaller independent films and even the occasional classic throwback to the 1980s and beyond. During the Metropolitan Opera season, performances are streamed live to the Langley theatre from the stage in New York City.

If you are looking for great live entertainment without having to leave the neighbourhood, Theatre in the Grove offers dinner theatre, with plays and live comedy scheduled throughout the year. Next up is Arsenic and Old Lace, which will hit the stage in October.

Karaoke is also a popular pastime in at least one of the many popular pubs in Walnut Grove.

Shop

For all your shopping needs, Walnut Grove has you covered with more than 700 businesses located here. If pampering is what you are looking for, Walnut Grove is at the centre of beauty and relaxation from high-end spas and nail bars to yoga and hair styling options. From specialty bike shops and fresh produce to pharmacies, pet stores and bakery — everything is available in close proximity.

Thunderbird Village, located near the 200 Street interchange, is home to more than 40 shops, grocery stores and restaurants. A drive along 88 Avenue, offers shoppers their pick of plazas to stop and pick up some fresh produce, browse a boutique, or check out specialty stores, including one entirely dedicated to knitting.

Play

Residents in this popular suburb are able to stay active thanks to a huge array of parks, a pool, trails, and more.

Walnut Grove is also home to the Langley Sportsplex, one of Langley’s largest ice rinks that hosts ice and ball hockey as well as offering public skating.The Sportsplex is also home to Captain Kids, a popular indoor playground. Nearby, kids can bounce at the indoor trampoline park.

Walnut Grove Aquatic Centre is the place to swim and have fun in Langley, offering a 50-metre pool, large leisure pool, waterslide and dive towers. In fact, all along Walnut Grove Drive is where the Community Centre, Library and Walnut Grove Secondary (home to the neighborhood skate bowl, running track and walking trails). Also situated along that road is the Walnut Grove Community Park, a family hot spot. Located at 89 Avenue and Walnut Grove Drive, the spray park is a great place for kids to cool off and have fun. The area also offers playing fields, a picnic area and a playground. Want to learn how to run, join a clinic or running group? Head to Peninsula Runners.

Redwoods Golf Course is nestled along 88 Avenue, offering players dramatic views of the Golden Ears from its expansive greens.

 

Cineplex Langley Cinemas (formerly Colossus) in Walnut Grove is Langley’s only movie theatre. Troy Landreville Langley Times

Walnut Grove Aquatic Centre is the place to swim and have fun in Langley, offering a 50-metre pool, large leisure pool, waterslide and dive towers. Troy Landreville Langley Times

Walnut Grove Community Park is home to the picturesque George Zarrelli baseball diamond. Troy Landreville Langley Times

Evan Lee loved the ongoing waterfight at Walnut Grove’s spray park behind Walnut Grove Secondary School. Troy Landreville Langley Times