South Surrey residents all in favour of new Fergus Watershed Park

ImageThe City of Surrey is beginning the planning process for development of the Fergus Watershed Park, located near 168 Street and 14 Ave.

The Fergus Park master plan open house was held on October 22 at the Kensington Prairie community centre to get public input on the three concept plans which have been created for the park.

According Ted Ulrich, manager of parks, planning and design for the City of Surrey, the majority of respondents prefer option C, which has the highest level of trail development and disc golf. There were 35 attendants at the open house, of which Ulrich said all were supportive. 70 per cent said they support the vision for the park while 30 per cent said the vision could use some minor changes.

The recent open house was a follow-up to the first open house held on June 25.

The Fergus Watershed Park is one of eight parks planned for Surrey in the near future.  The parks committee discussed plans for the Pioneer Dog-Off-Leash Park at its last meeting on October 16.

Fergus Watershed park is currently undeveloped and contains mostly open meadow, forest and wetland areas. The city acquired the park in 2009 to protect the Fergus Creek headwaters, which are fish bearing.

“The primary focus of Fergus Watershed Park is habitat protection and enhancement,” said Ulrich. “The City would like to plan appropriate recreational activities that allow Surrey residents to enjoy the park without compromising the ecological attributes of the park.”

While no date has been set yet for developing the trails in the park, habitat rehabilitation projects have already begun. Implementation of the master plan will occur over several years.

For more information on the plan, or to view the three options, click this link. Any comments or questions about the park can be directed to Parks Planning at 604-501-5050 or email parksrecculture@surrey.ca.

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