A proposed road development to expand 84th Avenue in Surrey right through the Southern tip of Bear Creek Park has residents up in arms.
Bear Creek Park in Surrey is a pillar of the community featuring a playground and pool, 5 acres of gardens, a track, forest trails, meadows, and the Surrey Arts Centre. Bear Creek itself flows right through the park and across much of the City of Surrey. A proposed development to expand 84th straight through the park (instead of stopping at King George Highway) is meeting some strong opposition.
The two-hectare park hosts Bear Creek and with this proposal, the nearby King Creek will also be affected. Both spawning channels for Sockeye Salmon and some even call Bear Creek Surrey’s own “Stanley Park” [Surrey Leader]
“Coun. Linda Hepner said she tentatively supports the idea because it does not make sense to have such a large area in the middle of the city without a road through it.” [CBC] This plan has been “on the books” for the last 20 years and this is the fourth time council has considered the extension of the road. [Surrey Leader]
There is an online petition that currently has 2545 signatures and local papers have been receiving Letters to the Editor for months about the issue. Council will be taking their final vote October 5th.