David Truman of the Rotary Club of Langley says the club will contribute $250

David Truman of the Rotary Club of Langley says the club will contribute $250

Langley Rotary Club offers to help fund visitor centre

The club would pay $250,000 in $50,000 installments over five years to have the centre open in time for its “diamond anniversary” in 2018.

The Rotary Club of Langley is offering to help fund a planned visitor centre at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum, in return for naming rights.

The offer was made by club treasurer David Truman at the March 30 meeting of council.

The terms, as outlined in a letter from Truman to the Township, would see the club pay $250,000 in $50,000 installments over five years to have the centre open in time for the “diamond anniversary” of the club in 2018.

The preliminary staff estimate of the cost of building the centre is $1 million, but Truman is optimistic that will come down.

“We think it can be done for an awful lot less than that,” Truman told council.

In return for its contribution, the the club would have the right to chose a name for the building and put the Rotary Wheel on it in perpetuity.

The name has not been decided yet.

The interpretive centre at the 17-acre arboretum located in the 21200 block of Fraser Highway is intended “to interpret the horticultural and natural environments of the park and sustainable practices such as solar energy systems, rainwater capture and reuse, wind energy, composting [and] the use of wood and green roof technology” a Township staff report states.

It would be modeled on the Iris Griffith Interpretive Centre on the Sunshine Coast.