Abbotsford is blessed with dozens of parks, some among the very best in the Lower Mainland. We are running a Final Four-style bracket that pits Abbotsford’s lesser-loved parks against one another. Vote for your favourite park and see if you’re in the majority. At the end, we’ll set the best of the bunch against Mill Lake Park, and see if its backers can help it knock off the city’s crown jewel. At the end of the day, hopefully you will find a new park to explore.
The second round of voting left us with two intriguing third-round match-ups. (See the results here.)
We will break these into two separate posts to hopefully avoid the second-round’s website-voting problem. Once again, voting will take place on this and the other match-up’s website article. (Find it here.) There will also be voting on our Facebook page. We’ll then combine the results to determine which parks will face-off in our preliminary final. (Initial seedings are in brackets). Voting for the third round will take place over the next weekend.
Sumas Mountain Park (1) vs. Fishtrap Park (4)
Going by both the seedings and the past two rounds worth of results, the winner of this contest will be the heavy favourite entering the fourth round next week. Sumas Mountain knocked off Matsqui Village Park with two-thirds of the vote, then bested Willband Creek Park with 57 per cent of tallies.
Fishtrap, meanwhile, has been a steamroller, winning both of its first two match-ups (first against Old Riverside, then against Maclure Park) with 77 per cent of all votes.
Sumas Mountain is a regional draw with a network of trails that attract and delight hikers and mountain bikers from around the Lower Mainland. Fishtrap, meanwhil, is an urban oasis beloved by walkers and preserving vital wetlands in the heart of Abbotsford.