Join us for Earth Day and Celebrate the Hunter Park Grand Reopening

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Date: 
April 11, 2018

Enjoy a celebratory Pancake Picnic in the Park 
Media Release 

Langley City, British Columbia – Almost 48 years ago, millions of people acknowledged the negative impacts of pollution and declared April 22, Earth Day, a now global event. In commemoration of Earth Day, the City has paired the Hunter Park Grand Reopening celebration with the anniversary of the modern environmental movement.  

Hunter Park’s Grand Reopening is a unique event that captures the essence of community pride, forest management, environmentalism, youth and families. Join City Council and celebrate the newly redeveloped Hunter Park with musician Jessica Barbour, the Vancouver Green Team, and the Langley City Youth Committee on April 21, 2018, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to celebrate the recently redesigned neighbourhood park.  

The pancake breakfast starts at 10:00 am, and the official ceremony will start at 11:00 am. During the entire event, the Vancouver Green Team volunteers will celebrate Earth Day by completing the redevelopment plan with the planting of native trees and plants in the park while musician Jessica Arbour performs. Event attendees who are wearing appropriate clothing for doing outside work can join in the planting. The Youth Committee will be providing a pancake breakfast by donation while selling boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts for $10.00 in support of Youth Week.  

“We would like to thank the community for their patience and the Hunter Park Redevelopment Task Group for their efforts in revitalizing Hunter Park. When the devastating tree disease, Laminated Root Rot was discovered, and over 100 trees within the park had to be removed,” said Mayor Ted Schaffer.      
Hunter Park is located at 19959 45 B Avenue, and additional parking is available at Penzer Park and along 198 C Street. We ask all attendees to be respectful of neighbourhood residents in the area.  

Come out and bring your picnic blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a pancake picnic in the park, help plant up the park, enjoy music from the talented Jessica Barbour, and celebrate with neighbours.  

For more information about the Hunter Park redevelopment project, contact Geoff Mallory, Manager of Parks Operations at 604.514.2912 or gmallory(at)langleycity.ca. 

 

Background 

The most prominent disease of Douglas-fir trees in coastal coniferous forests throughout British Columbia was identified in Hunter Park. Laminated Root Rot affects Fir and Hemlock species and spreads primarily by root contact. The disease can attack and gradually kill trees throughout their life cycle, and infected trees can topple due to lack of roots. Over 100 trees were diagnosed with the disease and had to be removed from Hunter Park. 

In light of the fact that all the Douglas Fir Trees were removed from the park due to Root Rot Disease, Council approved the creation of the Hunter Park Redevelopment Task Group to provide an opportunity for local residents, surrounding the park, to have input and recommend to Council a plan to redevelop the park. Five local residents were selected, and the Task Group put forward a revised plan for implementation to Council.  

The revised plan was approved by Council, and the Langley City Parks Department eliminated debris, graded and prepped the area, seeded grass, installed new pathways and created unique fencing and an arbour feature from the removed logs. The project was funded by casino proceeds and development cost charges, and $145,000 was spent. Hunter Park has again become one of the gems of the Alice Brown neighbourhood and represents our community pride.  

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Media Inquiries: 
Samantha Paulson  
Communications Officer 
Langley City 
604.514.2823 
spaulson(at)langleycity.ca