Editor: The thought of Campbell Valley Park being opened up as a venue for motor car racing feels like being violated.
It violates the people who live around the park; all the people who use the park for walking,and riding their horses; those who use it for quiet contemplation; and all the animals that live in the park.
It is a quiet refuge for both humans and animals alike. If the park is used for this kind of activity, it would forever change the ambience of Campbell Valley Park, and also the whole area. It is essentially an equestrian paradise. After all, Langley is considered the horse capital of B.C.
There is no public transit to the venue, therefore cars are the only means to attend the events. Hundreds of cars and hot rods will be making noise, congesting roads that have very high horse traffic (whch is dangerous). There is also the environmental impact on the park itself.
The people who live around this area are conscious of and have a respect for the horses on the roads and in the park. When you start getting large groups of people in cars from Vancouver and other areas, who are not familiar with the dangers of animals and traffic, it is asking for a fatal accident to occur.
I have heard that there would be rules for muffler noise and catalytic converters used for the race cars, but that does not address the problem of the enthusiasts who love to bring their hot rods out to show off to other enthusiasts.
The people who have bought property around the park, the residents who live here and pay property taxes to live here, are going to be royally screwed if this proposal is allowed to go through. A lot of these people have moved from places like Vancouver to enjoy the quiet and peaceful ambience of the area.
Parks are supported by our tax dollars. They are not designed to be a cash cow for politicians or special interest groups.
People live here and visit here because of the piece and quiet. Motor car racing and natural parks are not compatible. Please protect our parks.