What the Surrey #14 – Whitecaps in Tynehead

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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 “City of Parks” designation. It boasts about it’s 500 parks, and expansive trail system. Psht. It’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 don’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.

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  1. PatZThursday, October 18th, 2007 — 9:46am PDT

    That seems pretty stupid considering the Whitecaps use the new turf field at the Burnaby SFU campus that was pretty much built specifically with them in mind to use to practice on.

  2. RaulThursday, October 18th, 2007 — 12:08pm PDT

    The amount of stupidity needed to even consider transitioning a green space to a sporting facility is beyond my understanding.

  3. MitchThursday, October 18th, 2007 — 1:08pm PDT

    I don’t know… Surrey could use a few less parks and a few better designed developments that don’t turn their backs on the streets etc. Just my $.02

  4. Miss604Thursday, October 18th, 2007 — 6:28pm PDT

    Hm yeah I walked by the future site of “ultra” and “fuse” the other day…. such condo developments claim to “bring Yaletown to Surrey” which just about scares me as much.

    And that’s just Whalley, there was a rally in Newton earlier this week too.

  5. RaulThursday, October 18th, 2007 — 11:04pm PDT

    I went to Surrey this weekend (to play volleyball). I felt like I had just taken a field trip to a completely different city! (techinically I was!) … the bus driver was incredibly rude and he never told me that 120St is actually Scott Road. So I had to walk about 3 miles to get to my volleyball games. Nevermind, it was fun. I think I’d pay the price of a house in Surrey for the amount of space they get.

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