You know me, I love my parks. This weekend I visited one that I haven’t been to since around 1998.
Named after the Kwantlen First Nation, Kwantlen Park stretches from 132nd street to Old Yale Road [Google Map]. It contains KB Woodward Elementary, Kwantlen Park Secondary (formerly West Whalley Jr. High), tennis courts, a skate park, a pool, numerous baseball diamonds, all weather soccer fields, basketball/street hockey court, lacrosse box, playgrounds and forest trails.
There used to be a wooden playground with a tire swing at one side where at one time I bumped so hard into the side of one of the pillars I got a bloody nose. In the parking lot at the South end we all met David Duchovny when they were filming part of an X-Files episode in the woods. And when the new playground was first installed Anne and I (being 16 years old and silly) ran up to it before the ground could settle and ended up getting our shoes sucked off in the new installations’ quicksand-like pea gravel.
I used to walk through the park every day on my way to school, although it has changed a lot since I last made that trip. The fitness circuit, complete with monkeys bars and hurdles is gone, but that’s probably for the best as I’m sure it invokes many unpleasant memories of PE 10 for some. From the little bunny rabbits you’d see passing through the blackberry thickets to the bush parties with teens sporting brown paper-bagged bottles of OE, Kwantlen is definitely a part of growing up in Surrey.
All those years ago you couldn’t see through it due to its density, however it has become considerably less green over the last ten years. Regardless, it is still filled with plenty of winding foots paths and streams.
The City of Surrey currently has a program that involves community participation in the planting of greenspaces around town and although Kwantlen has been left out of the planning, it still seems like a pretty good initiative to me.
The City of Surrey is committed to the enhancement and preservation of our urban forests. Since 1991, tens of thousands of trees have been planted throughout the City by thousands of volunteers – community groups, schools, local businesses and individuals who care about their environment. [Surrey.ca]
These free events are an opportunity for communities to get together and plant native shrubs and trees, to help keep their parks and boulevards green. The next few events are listed below:
If you have the chance, get out and enjoy a community park especially at this time of year. It’s warm enough to walk outside wearing one coat layer and a scarf, and still enjoy the multi-coloured kaleidescope of leaves and moss that canopy the trails.