Metro Vancouver closed Aldergrove Lake
Editor: I am writing to correct some inaccuracies in Heather Watt’s recent letter to the editor (The Times, April 5) concerning trails for Aldergrove and Campbell Valley parks.
The Township of Langley council was asked to finance an engineering report in order to finish the South Langley Regional Trail that was approved many years ago. Currently this trail is in place from Campbell Valley Park to 256 Street. The section that needs to be completed is from 256 Street to Aldergrove Lake Park.
Campbell Valley Park and Aldergrove Lake Park both fall under the jurisdiction of Metro Vancouver Parks and not under the budget of the Township. The trails in these parks are already in place, well used by pedestrians, dog-walkers, joggers, cyclists and equestrians. The closing of the swimming pool in Aldergrove Lake Park was a Metro Vancouver Parks decision and not related to the TOL budget process.
The reason to connect these two parks through the Township of Langley on the South Langley Regional Trail is to provide these same walkers, joggers, cyclists and equestrians with a recreational network in our community that enhances an active and healthy outdoor lifestyle.
I would also like to add that the local equestrian community will be working to defray some of the construction costs, both through funding and volunteer work. This same vibrant equestrian community, located in the Horse Capital of B.C., brings over $100 million of economic value to this community.
executive and past president,
Vintage Riders Equestrian Club,