Leadership Creates Top Parks

Langley Advance - Friday, May 16, 2008

Dear Editor,

Having spent many hours as a sports volunteer, I take a special interest in the play fields here in Langley Township.The McLeod Athletic Park is an obvious asset for developing athletic skills and keeping citizens of all ages active and fit. But there is also a huge benefit that comes with the many tournaments in the form of sports tourism. The recent developments in the McLeod Park are a credit to the community in many ways.

Years ago, I lived in Aldergrove and umpired fast pitch softball at the park near the intersection of 272nd Street and 32nd Avenue. At that time, we had a small pool, one ball diamond, and tennis courts for outdoor sports and community entertainment. That was basically it.

I was recently invited to watch a soccer game at the South Aldergrove Community Park. When I arrived at the park, I was completely awestruck upon seeing the new ball fields, soccer fields, picnic shelter, and change and rest room facilities.

What a beautiful park for Aldergrove and the surrounding communities to enjoy!

A lot of thought and work went into this project: the property had to be acquired, plans drawn up, budgets worked out, construction phased and tendered, and getting the community involved in pursuing grants and donations.

I don't know all the details, but it would appear that Mayor Kurt Alberts and his council have shown real leadership in accomplishing this new sports complex.

Lionel Anker, Walnut Grove