Thursday, May 3, 2018

While Aldergrove Regional Park is now split in half, improvements are still moving forward

The former District of Matsqui was a member of the now defunct Vancouver-Fraser Park District. This district was absorbed into the Metro Vancouver Regional District in 1972. When Matsqui and Abbotsford merged, the former park district parks still remained a part of Metro Vancouver, even though Abbotsford was fully in the Fraser Valley Regional District. Recently this changed, with all Metro Vancouver parkland in Abbotsford being transferred over to the City of Abbotsford.

Aldergrove Regional Park straddles the Langley/Abbotsford border. Half the park is in Metro Vancouver, and the other half of the park is in the Fraser Valley Regional District. Metro Vancouver is still managing the park as one entity, but at the end of 2019, it will likely only be managing the western half.

Within the western half of the park, Metro Vancouver is planning on making $1.1 million in investments to improve the park with an upgraded regional trail connector, nature discovery area, and nature discovery trail. The following map shows the areas that are proposed to be improved.

Map of Aldergrove Regional Park project locations. Select map to enlarge.

The regional trail will be multi-use, and connect the Township’s street cycling route on 272nd Street to the South Langley Regional Trail along 8th Avenue. The Nature Discovery Trail will open up an area of the park for people to view a new wetland area. The Nature Discovery Area is the old lake area, and it will be focused towards families with younger children. It will include a sand play area, cobble stone play area, and a boulder amphitheatre play area. There will also be a picnic area. The following site plans show these areas in more detail.

Nature Discovery Area Concept Plan. Select image to enlarge.

Nature Discovery Trail Concept Plan. Slect image to enlarge.

While Aldergrove Regional Park may now be split in two, improvements are still moving forward.

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