Keep ‘jewel’ as a safe park

On numerous occasions during the past year, I have house- and dog-sat for a niece who lives three blocks from Brown Park

Editor:

The following letter has been sent to Mayor Jack Froese and Langley Township council:

On numerous occasions during the past year, I have house- and dog-sat for a niece who lives three blocks from Brown Park, located at 240 Street and 51 Avenue, within the Township of Langley.

It is a favourite locale for me to include when exercising my niece’s two dogs, because of the ability to avoid a lot of traffic and its tranquil setting.

In recent months, I’ve also witnessed the parking area for Brown Park being paved, lined, and having appropriate concrete bumpers installed. However I have to question why the 100 or 200 feet of access to the parking area off 240 Street was not paved during the process? It’s nonsensical.

Subsequent to the paving of the parking area at Brown Park, I have personally witnessed at least one driver using it like a drag strip, because of the lack of speed bumps.

Locals have confirmed that this is becoming an ongoing problem. It is also a popular gathering spot for youth to have pot parties, disturbing the adjacent neighbours.

Brown Park is a little jewel within the Township of Langley that should not be allowed to become a nuisance to local residents.

Therefore, I appeal to council to ensure proper signage is posted adjacent to the park, that it be more frequently patrolled, and that speed bumps be installed within its parking area to better control those that would abuse the privilege of having access.

Don Gillis, Aldergrove