Carol Savage and John Martin shovel some of the dirt added to the Church House Lane garden (bottom) last month. Three-year-old Eliza Vanderark (below) was among the volunteer helpers.

Ocean Park walkway project blooms

Volunteer effort transforms Church House Lane walkway

Residents who took on the task of sprucing up a well-used Ocean Park walkway celebrated the one-year anniversary of their effort last month by adding to their efforts.

Eliza VanderarkCarol Savage said a dozen people from the neighbourhood around Church House Lane – at the end of 15A Avenue at 131 Street – turned out to add “a few more native friendly plants and five more yards of dirt” to the walk-through.

The enhancement project was spearheaded by Savage as a way to preserve some of the area’s greenspace and character – something she felt was being eaten away by development.

“We lose the space, we lose the trees and we also lose the charm,” she told Peace Arch News at the time. “We needed to try and reconnect with our neighbours, to start looking out for each other.”

With help from a City of Surrey grant (grants of up to $3,000 are available for small projects that improve the physical appearance of a neighbourhood; visit surrey.ca/community), dirt was added, shrubs and bulbs were planted and a rock garden was created.

Now, the space includes several gardens and a homemade stepping stone with ‘Church House Lane’ imprinted on it. It’s hoped something depicting the church house that the lane was named for – and which was demolished earlier this year – and its history can also be added.

“We are so proud of this little piece of heaven,” Savage told PAN by email last month.

Savage said more than 35 volunteers give their time, tools and supplies to maintain the public greenspace.

Anyone interested in receiving updates or wanting to get involved may contact Savage at carol_savage@telus.net

Church House Lane

Just Posted

South Surrey woman promotes exercise to help fight Parkinson’s disease

‘This keeps me strong’ says Liz Holroyd Campbell, organizer of the 2019 Parkinson Superwalk

VIDEO: Young balance-bikers race through Surrey’s Civic Plaza at Strider Cup

The course has several obstacles including ‘Mount Scary’ and the ‘Noodle Monster’

White Rock Beer For The Pier to go on sale early this week

Restaurants, bars and liquor stores from Vancouver to Chilliwack will sell new brew

45-year-old ID’ed as victim of South Surrey stabbing

Delphin Paul Prestbakmo died at the scene, near 18 Avenue and 152 Street

‘Potentially life-threatening’ injuries in overnight Surrey crash

Police had Highway 10 between 180th and 186th streets closed for several hours

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

‘It’s just the freedom:’ Paralyzed Broncos player pursuing life on the water

The former Humboldt Broncos goaltender, who started in the net when he was nine, was paralyzed last year

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Most Read

l -->