New park named after Glen Valley pioneer

A newly created municipal park has been named after a pioneer who lived off the land in Glen Valley

A newly created municipal park has been named after a pioneer who lived off the land in Glen Valley and helped lay the foundation for the burgeoning Township of Langley.

Over 25 acres of wooded land on 84 Avenue between 252 and 254 Streets was officially named McLellan Forest Natural Park by Township of Langley Council. Mayor Jack Froese made the announcement at Council’s March 3 meeting.

“This place holds special significance for many of our residents and it is fitting that it be named after the man and the family who first called the area home,” he said. “McLellan Forest Natural Park is a beautiful spot that holds great environmental value and will be enjoyed by the public for many generations to come.”

Historical records show that John Fred McLellan acquired the lands immediately north of the park site in 1884. The McLellan farm was located near 256 (Coghlan) Street and River Road.

John F. McLellan’s direct descendent, great great grandson Greg McLellan, who still lives in Glen Valley, was contacted by the Township and provided valuable written and anecdotal family history about his ancestor’s life in Glen Valley.

Born in Scottsville, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in 1860, John F. McLellan moved west in 1878. A construction man, he helped build many of the community’s roads and bridges in the early days of Langley’s settlement. John F. McLellan died on July 2, 1940 at the age of 80 years, but his descendants continued to farm in Glen Valley and became involved with the fishing industry on the shores of the Fraser River.

“This is a community that values its history and heritage, and we are pleased that John F. McLellan’s name and the contributions he made to Langley will be commemorated in this park,” Froese said.

McLellan Forest Natural Park had previously been known as McLellan Forest West, and was one of two Glen Valley properties that were put up for sale by Township Council in 2012. Members of the community made it clear they didn’t want the properties to be sold, due to their lush beauty and environmental significance, and Council decided in the fall of 2013 to preserve McLellan Forest as a municipal natural park.

Plans to provide future public access to the park and protect the existing natural assets will be developed by the Parks Department over 2014, with input from local stakeholder groups. Operating budgets to manage the new natural park will also be established.

The second Glen Valley property, known as the Gray Pit Lands, was purchased by Trinity Western University for use as a conservation area, thanks to a generous donation from Ann Blaauw and her family. The property was named after Ann’s late husband Thomas and has been preserved for public use, education, and research.

“In the past few months, more than 50 acres of new parkland has been created in northeast Langley,” Froese said. “Being able to access these forests, trails, and parkland in Glen Valley has created a wonderful legacy.”

Unveiling of signage in McLellan Forest Natural Park will take place later this year.

Just Posted

Zoo donates $31K to endangered wildlife, some in Fraser Valley

In Sept., the Zoo will host its inaugural Turtle Dash to get the community moving for conservation

Man exposes himself to victim in Langley clothing store

Police have released a surveillance image of the suspect

BREAKING: Aldergrove crash ejects female driver from vehicle

The motorist crashed into a median near the 248th Street overpass

Canada Day lineup in the Langleys

Aldergrove, Fort Langley, and Willoughby will show their true Canadian colours this weekend

Aldergrove peewee hockey player remembered

Minor Hockey Association votes to retire Coleton Nelson’s jersey number

VIDEO: Clip of driver speeding past B.C. school bus alarms MLA

Laurie Throness of Chilliwack-Kent says he will lobby for better safety measures

Olympic skier from B.C. suing Alpine Canada after coach’s sex offences

Bertrand Charest was convicted in 2017 on 37 charges

B.C. senior’s car vandalized for more than 18 months

Retired RCMP officer determined to catch ‘tagger.’

VIDEO: Driver doing laps in busy Vancouver intersections nets charges

Toyota Camry spotted doing laps in intersection, driving towards pedestrians

Former Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo to retire

‘Bobby Lou’ calls it a career after 19 NHL seasons

Man charged in crash that killed B.C. pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged for 2018 Highway 1 accident where Kelowna elementary school teacher died

Province unveils 10-year plan to boost mental health, addiction recovery services

The plan, called A Pathway to Hope, focuses on early-intervention services that are seeing high demand

Man arrested for alleged indecent act after ‘predatory’ SkyTrain incident

A woman had reported the man had exposed himself while on the train on April 29

Two helicopters reportedly seized by RCMP near U.S. border south of Cultus Lake

Federal Mounties mum on raid two weeks after dramatic raid reported by Columbia Valley residents

Most Read