Larry Hope remembered for protecting green space

Funeral service planned for 84-year-old who negotiated Redwoods agreement

Larry Hope, who passed away on Saturday at 84, spoke during the Hope Redwoods Natural Area Dedication Ceremony on Oct. 9 2008.

In October of 2008, Larry Hope spoke at the dedication of the Hope Redwoods Natural Area in Langley Township.

More than 20 years ago, he said, the family determined that its priority was to preserve the 175-acre Redwoods Golf course it owned as a green space, free of development and dedicated to the pioneers who settled the area.

The nature reserve makes up seven acres of the golf course located between 88 Avenue and 96 Avenues east of 216 Street.

Naming and dedicating the seven-acre park was only the start, said Hope, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 84.

“The final chapter will conclude when the entire 175 acres are in a nature park.”

The Hope family sold the course to the Township in 2005 with restrictions that protect the site from development.

Hope had been pushing for preservation since 1965, when he suggested to his father, Alex Hope, a former reeve and councillor of the Township, school trustee and MLA, that Redwoods would make a great park.

The Township, Hope recalled, said that “if I wanted to donate the land, they would be happy to accept it.”

“My feeling was that I would be happy to give Langley a deal, but not donate the land for nothing,” he said.

Under the terms of the $6.652 million deal reached in 2005 (the figure includes the purchase price plus annual payments over 20 years), the Township forfeits property taxes for 20 years and Redwoods retains the right to operate the course for the same length of time.

The Hope family has deep roots in Langley.

Larry Hope’s great grandfather, Alex Mavis, came to Canada in 1887.

By January, 1888, he had bought 185 acres of the Hudson Bay property in Fort Langley.

Hope’s grandfather, Charles Hope, came to Canada from England that year, and worked with a company to survey the Mavis property into lots.

Hope was active in a number of businesses which involved mining, land development and farming. He bought the Redwoods property in 1902, and remained active in Fort Langley and north Langley until his death in 1949.

Larry Hope is survived by his spouse, Hope Mavis, four daughters and four grandchildren.

A public open house and celebration of life is scheduled to take place on Monday, March 21, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Redwoods Golf Course, 22011 88 Ave.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Fans turn out for anniversary of iconic antique store in Langley

Weekend event was also a fund-raiser for Salvation Army Gateway of Hope

Giants hand Victoria their first lost of the season

Langley’s WHL team went head to head with the Royals for the second day in a row, beating them 3-2.

Langley Rugby women take out Bayside Sharks

Three-game home series at Langley playing field

TWU player turns in record-setting performance in Saturday win over Mount Royal

Seina Kashima ‘always a threat’ Langley university coach says

PHOTOS: Langley and Abbotsford Olympians Swim Club holds competition

Event at Walnut Grove pool first intra-club swim meet of the season

Secret supper clubs test appetite for cannabis-infused food ahead of legalization

Chefs are eagerly awaiting pot edibles to become legal in Canada

Students unhappy with SFU’s response after violent incident in class

Professor, students say a man threw chairs and hit a female student

Enbridge to begin building road to access pipeline explosion site in B.C.

An explosion Tuesday knocked out a 91-centimetre line

Man struck by car in Burnaby: reports

Pedestrian was taken to hospital

Andrew Scheer on revamped NAFTA deal: ‘I would have signed a better one’

Conservative leader says he wouldn’t have signed USMCA

Matheson will have NHL hearing after Canucks rookie Pettersson hit

The 19-year-old Swedish centre appeared woozy after the hit

Police looking into VPD-involved collision that sent 3 to hospital

The independent police watchdog has been notified

Police investigate after woman stabbed in Vancouver

Report came in about a ‘disturbance’ in the Killarney neighbourhood

GUEST COLUMN: A better way to manage B.C.’s public construction

Claire Trevena responds to Andrew Wilkinson on NDP union policy

Most Read