Leave dog park alone

Planned changes to Dogwood Park will make trails shorter and more crowded.

As a Surrey resident and taxpayer, and user of the facilities at Dogwood Park for the past 22 years, I am writing to protest the fact that the City of Surrey has recently posted a bulletin at Dogwood Park entitled “park improvement” in which they have notified that they will be closing off at least one-third of the trails in the woods, to accommodate cyclists and joggers in their quest to get from Chantrell Park to the Bridlewood Path.

I am advised that the land known as Dogwood Park was bequeathed to the City for use as a dog/horse park in perpetuity.

As you are no doubt aware there are many places for cycling and jogging without infringing on an off leash dog park. We, the users of the dog park are able to get our recreation and exercise walking through these trails, which at the moment if you walked them all can take up to 30 minutes. The new plan and the walks would be reduced to around ten minutes, and the trails would become overcrowded.

The city posted this bulletin just a week ago and we have been told it is a done deal, and they will be fencing off the area before summer starts.

Jennifer Green, Surrey

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