Keep rec centre where it is

Building new facililty in Bridgeview where there isn’t the density of population is detrimental to the citizens of Whalley.

I cannot believe Surrey council is planning to move the recreation centre in Whalley (City Centre) to Bridgeview.

Having lived in this neighbourhood for 40 years, I’ve witnessed the massive development that is going on in what is being called the heart of the city, but we – along with all these new residents – don’t deserve to have our rec centre put in an out-of-the-way location that will require us to take transit or drive.

Elementary schools such as Old Yale Road, K.B Woodward, Cindrich, AHP Matthew, to name a few, use the convenience of being able to walk to the pool and ice rink to enhance their physical education programs and to give many of their students an opportunity to learn to swim that they may not otherwise have.

The only school remotely close to the new location is Bridgeview.  With school budgets stripped to the bone, there will be no money for bussing these students to these programs.

Then there is the swim club who I believe often have early-morning practice – so they would be competing with Pattullo Bridge traffic in the rush hour.

If the intent is to push people onto SkyTrain when for many of us we are currently within walking distance of the North Surrey Recreation Centre, the cost is now increased to include the transit fare each, way not to mention that any public/private partnership generally means increased admission costs.

We’ve already pushed our seniors out of the City Centre to the Chuck Bailey rec centre, which, although it is a new building, there is a great sense of fear for seniors walking in that location and many have dropped out.  Take a look at how few programs are offered there compared to other senior centres. Now these seniors are going to lose the convenience of the North Surrey  Recreation Centre too.

Building this in Bridgeview where there isn’t the density of population is, in my opinion, highly detrimental to the City of Surrey residents that live in Whalley – oops, I mean Central City.

Please – reconsider.

Marion O’Byrne

 

Just Posted

Surrey councillor defends SOGI 123 stance after resigning from AutismBC

Laurie Guerra stands by her opposition to SOGI 123 resource as backlash over meeting comes to a head

PHOTOS: Hockey history in Surrey as Team India comes to play

Squad played its very first game in Canada on Tuesday against Surrey Falcons

Proposed coal project for Fraser Surrey Docks back in court

It could be months before the federal appeal court renders a decision

Minor injuries for firefighter struck outside South Surrey fire hall

Minor injuries for firefighter struck outside South Surrey fire hall

Surrey to hear news on Olympic softball qualifier bid next week

Decision, originally expected in September, was delayed by World Baseball Softball Confederation

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Kuhnhackl scores 2 odd goals as Isles dump Canucks 5-2

Vancouver drops second game in two nights

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

Stink at B.C. school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

Smell at Abbotsford school comes from unauthorized composting operation

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Vancouver man must pay $22,000 after breaking strata rules

Peter Gordon took his fight over his rented condo to the civil resolution tribunal, but lost

Most Read