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City gives chance to go full circle

This summer, Langley residents will have access to a full circle walking route that stretches through the Nicomekl floodplains, Brydon Lagoon, Hi-Knoll Park and Sendall Gardens.

At Monday night’s meeting, council approved the work to extend the City’s trail system from 201A Street, under the 200 Street bridge and ending at the walkway located between two homes in the 19900 block of 52 Avenue.

“I’m quite excited about the possibilities of this,” said Councillor Terry Smith. “This trail gives us a perfect circle route across 200 Street with access to BC Hydro right-of-way lands to Brydon Lagoon to Hi-Knoll Park in Surrey, which is a beautiful park, then access to the transmission lines, back up to Pleasant Dale Creek to Sendall Garden. All of this could be walked in one and a half hours.”

Smith added that he hopes the design of the trail doesn’t encourage dogs, because the four-legged friends could disturb nesting wildlife.

There are deer, coyotes, herons and eagle nests in the area, he said. While dogs are allowed in the trail system, they have to be on leashes. Dogs that aren’t harnessed will go after goslings and other nesting fowl.

The trail will also give access to the back of Nicomekl Elementary so students will be able to walk that way to school.

Council also asked that staff go after a Local Motion program grant that will help fund the completion of the trail network. If the grant isn’t accepted, the trail will still go ahead, but some of the project may be down scaled.

An open house on the trail network was held Jan. 24. Several people expressed concerns about loitering, excessive garbage and increased crime.

“After reviewing the comments, we will work with the Park Watch program and the RCMP to deal with any concerns. As for garbage, we have regular pick up in the area. We may have lighting under the bridge if we need it,” said parks manager Len Walters.

The project is estimated to cost $205,000. The trail work will start in August (that is the time the Department of Fisheries has allowed) and finish in September.

Council suggested that people could adopt that part of the trail using the Point of Pride program in the City.

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