Letters to the Editor

Brookswood Park, Anderson Creek may be targeted in community plan

Editor: Are my eyes playing tricks on me, or does the Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan actually recommend extending 40 Avenue through Brookswood Park at 200 Street, with a second bridge crossing the creek connecting 198 Street?

See the map on page 5 of the Township document: http://www.tol.ca/Portals/0/FileShare/ComDev/2014-02-18%20OH4%20FINAL%20Boards.pdf

If this proposed traffic change is not simply a mistake on the drawings, this will mean that the playground and new waterpark at Brookswood Park will be a few metres off the road, essentially destroying the tranquility and relative safety of the park as is.  It will also require relocation of the parking lot, clear-cutting the stand of large trees at the south end of the park, and of course, a massive bridge to span the ravine over Anderson Creek.

Once across Anderson Creek, the proposed plan shows 40 Avenue connecting to 198 Street, which appears to have a new bridge running north-south through the creek, connecting 198 Street from 40 Avenue to 44 Avenue.

Considering there are several east-west routes within walking distance of Brookswood Park, it seems absolutely insane that Langley Township would even consider building a network of bridges through one of the most ecologically sensitive salmon habitats in the Township.

Anderson Creek is a salmon spawning channel that also sustains several species of birds such as eagles and herons, and is often visited by deer, coyotes, owls and raccoons.

We bought our property overlooking Anderson Creek under the impression that it was a protected waterway and would never be developed.  We have a restrictive covenant that prevents us from building anything within 15 metres of the bank.  We do not use fertilizers, harsh chemicals, or laundry detergents that could pose a threat to Anderson Creek.  In other words, we have taken every effort to preserve this precious oasis and are quite horrified at the possibility of it being turned into pavement.

There are plenty of reasons to oppose the Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan, but punching a hole through Brookswood Park is absolutely vulgar. Please say ‘no’ to this monstrous plan.

Shon Troelstrup,

Langley

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