Park delays unacceptable

Editor:

Re: Contamination delays ponds, April 10 letters; Don’t just boast about biodiversity, April 3.

Editor:

Re: Contamination delays ponds, April 10 letters; Don’t just boast about biodiversity, April 3.

I, too, have been monitoring the progress – or, more aptly, lack thereof – of the work on the ponds in Southmere Village Park.

I was in the park on April 9; the heavy equipment was sitting idle as it has been on many other visits in the past month or so, and not a workman in sight. I visited the next day and, once again, all was quiet.

This project was late getting started, according to the signs posted in the park, and seems to have ground to a standstill.

Southmere Park is a lovely spot visited regularly by many residents of South Surrey-White Rock. Lately, it has been a disgusting and unsightly mess. The ponds have been drained for some time, there are piles of ugly concrete blocks piled at one end of each pond and the walkways and lawns have been severely damaged by the on-site, but idle, equipment.

When is this park going to be restored to its former beauty?

The City of Surrey doesn’t hesitate to collect our taxes – taxes, by the way, that according to the city’s five-year plan, and when other fees are added in, are slated to increase by at least 25 per cent. It’s high time they made use of our tax dollars by completing the Southmere Park project without further delay.

Don Campbell, Surrey

Editor’s note: Work has now resumed and is expected to conclude May 18.