Willoughby Community Park includes several sports fields designed primarily for soccer and field lacrosse. Troy Landreville Langley Times

Six neighbourhoods in six weeks: Willoughby/Willowbrook

Willoughby/Willowbrook is the fastest growing community in the Township

Measured by both its population and its geographical boundaries, Langley’s largest neighbourhood is Willoughby-Willowbrook.

The area’s population is approaching 31,000 — fully one quarter of the Township’s 122,415 residents — and that number will continue to skyrocket, judging by the number of homes under construction.

Not surprisingly, Langley’s three newest schools all opened in this area: Lynn Fripps Elementary (2012) Richard Bulpitt Elementary (2013) and Yorkson Creek Middle School (2014).

A new high school — as well as an expansion of RC Garnett Elementary and money to purchase land for another elementary school — were also announced for the Willoughby area last September.

Besides boasting the most residents, the area also offers the Township’s greatest selection of both shopping and dining options.

The Township of Langley Civic Centre, which includes the council chambers and Fraser River Presentation Theatre and the Muriel Arnason Library, is also located in the Willoughby-Willowbrook neighbourhood.

And the area is also home to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a temple which serves 22,000 Mormon members from 91 congregations throughout B.C. and northern Washington.

Dining

Need somewhere to eat out? The list of possibilities is endless.

From fine dining to a casual meal or fast food, there is no shortage of restaurant options in the Willoughby-Willowbrook neighbourhood. The list includes dozens of popular chain restaurants as well as some unique dining options, available exclusively in Langley, and draws guests from all over Metro Vancouver.

Shopping

Just as there is a wide array of dining options, the shopping choices are even greater for consumers.

Willowbrook Shopping Centre, already home to 150 stores and services, is only going to get bigger in the coming years, as it is currently undergoing a major, 100,000 square foot expansion. The expansion will include a new outdoor shopping experience, a pedestrian corridor and a new underground parking lot.

But that is just a glimpse of the shopping options as there are also a number of smaller shopping centres — offering a wide range of goods — that line both sides of 200 Street from the Langley Bypass to Highway 1, and along the Bypass itself, as well the brand new Willoughby Town Centre, located on 208 Street.

Sports and Recreation

Sports fans of all types can get their fix at the Langley Events Centre.

The 322,312 square foot facility is the home base for seven different sports and well over a dozen sporting teams.

That includes the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants, the top level of junior hockey, the National Lacrosse League’s Vancouver Stealth, a professional level team, and the Trinity Western Spartans men’s and women’s volleyball teams, one of the premier university programs across Canada.

There are also both the Willoughby Recreation Centre and the Willoughby Community Centre for residents to drop by and enjoy.

Bordering the LEC is Willoughby Community Park, one of 15 parks in the neighbourhood. It features a large playground and spray park.

And while golfers can’t get outside to play a round within the boundaries of Willoughby-Willowbrook, there is the opportunity to play a course — albeit indoors and simulated — from pretty much anywhere around the world thanks to virtual golf.

Entertainment

Among the entertainment options this summer, is the annual Prospera Cinema Under the Stars at Willoughby Community Park, with Sing as this year’s feature presentation on Aug. 11. The movie is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley.

A new amphitheatre — which opened earlier this year — at the Willoughby Community Park, also offers free outdoor concerts every Thursday evening through the end of August. Coming up on Aug. 10, will be Tiller’s Folly, followed on Aug. 17 by Emily Taylor Adams and Jackson Hollow. On Aug. 24, there will be a theatrical production — Confessions of a Grocery Clerk. On Aug. 31, the season wraps with a concert by The Kwerks.

And for year-round entertainment, Playtime Gaming on 64 Avenue offers both electronic and traditional (paper) games of bingo.


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Willoughby/Willowbrook is the fastest-growing community in the Township. Troy Landreville Langley Times

The Langley Events Centre opened its doors in 2009 and is located next to Willoughby Community Park. Troy Landreville Langley Times

Langley’s only indoor mall, Willowbrook Shopping Centre was built in 1979. Troy Landreville Langley Times

The Langley Township Civic Facility is located at 20338 65 Ave. Troy Landreville Langley Times

Chilliwack duo Portraits of Us play under a bright blue sky at the new amphitheatre in Willoughby Community Park July 27. Miranda Gathercole Langley Times

Chilliwack duo Portraits of Us play under a bright blue sky at the new amphitheatre in Willoughby Community Park July 27. Miranda Gathercole Langley Times

Chilliwack duo Portraits of Us play under a bright blue sky at the new amphitheatre in Willoughby Community Park July 27. Miranda Gathercole Langley Times

Chilliwack duo Portraits of Us play under a bright blue sky at the new amphitheatre in Willoughby Community Park July 27. Miranda Gathercole Langley Times