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Langley City prefers names over numbers when it comes to trails

It’s a case of preferring names over numbers in the City of Langley.

On March 17, Langley City council approved changes to the names of several walking trails within municipal limits, giving descriptive names to paths that had previously only been identified by digits or by a corporate designation.

Council voted to rename Trails 2, 5, 8 and 9 Langley Creek Trail, Powerline Trail East, Powerline Trail West and Baldy Creek Trail, respectively.

Most of the changes came and went with little debate, with the exception of numbers 5 and 8, which run along the B.C. Hydro right of way.

Councillor Rosemary Wallace cast the lone vote against naming those two trails “Powerline” because of the lack of character in the name.

However Councillor Dave Hall, who chairs the Parks and Environment Advisory Committee (PEAC) explained that the committee felt there would be an advantage to giving each trail a geographical name instead of being overly creative.

In addition, the notion of naming the trails for a company — in this case, BC Hydro —  “could be fraught with problems,” he said, pointing out that  names change — for example, Terasen Gas is now called Fortis B.C.

“They were the only two (names) I was not enamoured of,” said Councillor Teri James. But after she gave it more thought, she saw the logic in the name, she said.

The committee also considered calling Trail 9, Interurban Trail, instead of Baldy Creek, but because other trails are identified by the important waterways they follow, they decided to be consistent, Hall said.

Finally, the main trail along the Nicomekl floodplain was renamed Rotary Nicomekl Trail in acknowledgement of both the waterway the trail follows and the significance of service club’s contribution to the popular walking path, Hall explained.

With the exception of “Powerline East” and “Powerline West” all the name changes passed unanimously.

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