When I wrote a recent post, calling Surrey by it’s current motto, the “City of Parks”, my unofficial Surrey/Fraser Valley transit and logistical correspondent Paul, had something to say about it.
Surrey has never been worthy of the â€œCity of Parksâ€ designation. It boasts about itâ€™s 500 parks, and expansive trail system. Psht. Itâ€™s all marketing…
…What makes the situation worse in Surrey is that is continues to pave over large swaths of old age forest for townhomes. I just donâ€™t understand why council accepts the proposals! [PaulHillsdon]
What’s really going to make my blood boil, and more than likely Paul’s as well – is a proposed training facility for the Vancouver Whitecaps… in Tynehead Park.
The soccer club has been looking for a site to build a national training centre for the past four years and is touting its latest blueprint as one that would “rival any of its kind in North America.”
The ambitious plans would require 20 acres of land in the 300-acre park and call for a total of six fields — four natural grass and two synthetic, one with a removable dome to ensure year-round playing time. [BCSoccer]
When I was little Tynehead was the classic Sunday afternoon walking park. My dad would take all three of us through the trails to find giant leaves, streams, skunk cabbage, huge tree trunks the four of us couldn’t get all our arms around, and get our boots stuck in the mud.
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Sure, soccer is a huge sport for young and old in this area, but destroying more park land for such a facility (including locker rooms, training centre, technical offices and a restaurant) just seems ridiculous. Is the fact that only 20 acres of the 300 will be developed supposed to be some sort of consolation?
I would really like to find out more about the proposal, exactly where the site would be etc. This is all the information I have so far, and apparently it was a Surrey council member that urged the region to consider the park as a site for a sports facility. The ultimate decision will be up to Metro Vancouver board members.