Plan to fix parking shortage at Walnut Grove Community Centre

The Township is planning to expand the often-crowded parking lot at the Walnut Grove Community Centre. - Dan Ferguson/Langley Times
The Township is planning to expand the often-crowded parking lot at the Walnut Grove Community Centre.
— image credit: Dan Ferguson/Langley Times

Township staff have completed design work on a new 43-car parking lot for the Walnut Grove Community Centre.

The new lot would go behind the pool, Township recreation facilities and service manager James Marvel advised in an email reply to a resident that was copied to Township council.

Marvel was responding to a complaint about a shortage of parking at the facility, located at 8889 Walnut Grove Dr. next to Walnut Grove Secondary School.

“I agree with you that there is a shortage of parking at the centre, particularly at peak times on weekdays around [9 a.m.] and then again once school gets out in the afternoon,” Marvel wrote.

The centre has staggered start times of classes and programs to avoid having people arriving and departing all at the same time, and centre staff are asked to park at the “far ends” of the centre parking lot or the school parking lot, Marvel said.

Because there is a shortage of available land close to the centre to create more parking, staff “have concluded that the only reasonable option that we have is to build on a small section of land on the west side of the building, behind the pool” the email said.

There are drawbacks to the site, Marvel said, among them the location on the “dark” side of the building near a ravine and the distance people would have to from the lot to the front entrance.

“We are unsure that people would feel comfortable leaving their vehicles around the back of the facility where there are not as many “eyes on the property,” Marvel said.

The design work on the 43 parking spaces has been completed and the project has been included in the Township five-year capital plan, Marvel added.

Other options, like a multi-level parkade, would be “extremely costly” and were not considered.

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