The proposal includes the following key changes:
- Replacement of an existing grass field with artificial turf
- Removal of at least 1.5 hectares of forest to make way for a second turf field
- Installation of tournament lighting towers on both proposed fields, allowing these fields to operate after dark
- Additional parking plus a clubhouse and other sports club and tournament services
- There has been minimal consultation with area residents about these plans. Here are some of the issues residents are concerned about:
- Loss of this forested area would have a negative impact to the overall quality of life to many people of diverse backgrounds in our community
- Loss of this forested area would also represent a significant loss of ecological value and is a contravention of the District’s strategic commitment to tree retention and environmental sustainability
- Increased traffic and noise, with fields operating year-round and late into the evening
- The impact of artificial turf on health and safety
- The loss of informal recreational space used by young families who live in the area and other residents, in favour of pay-to-play fields targeted to visiting sports teams
If this interests you, you should also be paying attention to the upcoming revision of the District Parks Bylaw. These changes will impact every park user. Check out the minutes and video from last May's Council Workshop.
And while still on Parks, do check out he new Lynn Valley Link trail loop, running from Princess Park, to Inter River, up to and beyond the suspension bridge, and across the Baden Powell back to the park. The official launch is next weekend, and you should get out and hike part of it.