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Surrey council paves way for road through Hawthorne Park

Last Updated Jul 24, 2017 at 11:16 pm PST

(Courtesy City of Surrey)

Proposed plan would remove the park's protection status and build a two lane road through a portion of it

Hawthorne Park is filled with trails, streams, a playground and wildlife

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A few dozen people sat through Surrey’s city council meeting Monday night to see what would happen to a large park in west Guildford.

Hawthorne Park is filled with trails, streams, play areas and wildlife in the middle of the city’s Whalley-Guildford area.

It’s now on track for some big changes as city councilors¬†voted to lift a 30-year-old protection bylaw, allowing a roadway to be built through the park.

The city is planning a two-lane road through the southern section of the park to connect Whalley Boulevard and 150th Street.

Jodi Murphy is one of nearly 4,000 people who signed a petition against the plan saying it would disrupt a sensitive ecological habitat and ruin a beloved green space.

“As well as creating just that much more traffic going through the park, and the current plan for the project is also appropriating some people’s homes to put that land back into the park.”

Surrey’s 105th Avenue corridor project would include a net increase of parkland, separated bike lanes, new traffic signals, and more street and pathway lighting.

Murphy says the park has been there a long time and is used frequently by locals in the evenings and on the weekends.

“It was a bit of a surprise to have this project be moving ahead so quickly.”

The proposed road would also be used as a feeder street for an LRT station on 104th Avenue expected to go ahead next year.