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Metro to proceed with Aldergrove Regional Park redesign

Name of park not yet finalized, but lake reference has been dropped

Metro Vancouver will proceed with the development of plans to enhance Aldergrove Regional Park in southeast Langley.

At least that's what the region is calling the former Aldergrove Lake Regional Park for now, pending a final decision on a new name.

The lake reference is being dropped since the regional parks department drained the popular swimming hole in 2011 to comply with more stringent public health regulations.

Metro staff say they're considering various trail and facility upgrades, providing more routes for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.

An open house is expected in late September and a draft management plan is to come back to the Metro board for approval this winter.

Staff envision an expanded dog off-leash area, creation of a new wetland area for wildlife viewing and an active farm program.

Youth activities at Aldergrove Bowl could include disc golf, tobogganing and adventure play.

A water play area is also under consideration, but not the reopening of a destination swimming area, as desired by many residents.

It's not yet clear where money will come for any actual upgrades of the park that do make it into a final plan.

A Metro report cautioned that proceeding with the management plan would "likely result in some public expectation of capital investment to implement the plan."