West Cloverdale residents want Bose park to keep forest feel

The City of Surrey invites Cloverdale residents to its Oct. 2 open house on Bose Farm Park.

A trail leads through Bose Forest

West Cloverdale residents want to see what’s left of the Bose Forest preserved as a natural heritage spot rather than turned into a more developed outdoor amenity.

More than a year after 200 trees were razed to make way for new residential development, the forest is being turned into a new park.

Over the decades, the spot appears to have taken up residence in the minds or neighbours as a pastoral gem that symbolizes the heart of history Surrey that represents Cloverdale’s natural heritage, according to a draft community engagement summary prepared by the City of Surrey in June.

Thursday (Oct. 2), the city hosts another open house on what’s for now being called “Bose Park”, a mostly forested area of 7.4 hectares (18.3 acres) located between 62 and 64 Avenues, east of the Agricultural Land Reserve.

The city wants to maintain the site as a forested park with pathways, viewpoints, seating areas and space for natural play – and so do West Cloverdale residents, according to feedback compiled in the report.

The Oct. 2 meeting at A.J. McLellan Elementary (from 6 to 8 p.m.) is a follow-up to an initial open house held last spring, when residents were given an overview and asked to comment on the park’s design and highlight heritage aspects they felt were important.

Suggestions were also provided via an online survey.

According to respondents, the farm, established in 1892 by Henry Bose, who served as Surrey mayor (1905 to ‘09), and its surrounding forest is a treasured heritage landmark.

Most people said they wanted the forest preserved as a natural heritage site, and felt the name, “Bose”, should be retained in the name of the park, preferring by a wide margin both Bose Farm Park and Bose Park to a third suggestion, Meadowridge Park, liked by just seven per cent of respondents.

“I love the Bose Farm and the Bose family,” said one respondent. “They have been part of Cloverdale and Surrey for so many decades. The family works hard and the area is an important part of the physical detail of the area.”

Another added,” I love the idea of this place as a Surrey heritage site.”

Others said they prized the familiar view of the farmhouse buildings and barn, and the surrounding landscape rising along the hillside as they drive east on 64 Avenue.

There is one residential development underway on the north side of the original farm property, The Ridge, and a second pending. The heritage buildings on the site are being preserved as a condition of redevelopment, and part of the lands from both proposals are being dedicated as parkland.

Neighbours say they want the new park to have walking paths, trails, viewing areas and boardwalks and for the park to maintain view from the hill overlooking the Serpentine River Valley.

“[It] used to be an amazing forest and unfortunately our city is selling every piece of land and allowing builders to create crowded, Clayton-like neighbourhoods that proved to be a failure,” noted one commenter.

“Beautifully situated on a hill overlooking farmland and mountains,” added another.

“It has lots of trees and unfortunately too many have been cut down for more development.”

Others describe the area as one of the few locations in Cloverdale with a mature forest.

“It’s very important to the city, especially to the people of Cloverdale.”

Several respondents recalled fond memories of visiting the corn maze at the Bose Farm or the haunted house at Halloween created by Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary students.

“The Bose Farm has been a staple in the community as a gathering place and unique due to its forest,” added one.

Some residents along 61A Avenue said they were concerned about walking trails being located so close to backyards, so it’s suggested a planted buffer be placed along the rear to mitigate public use impact.

Other amenities people would like to see include natural area enhancements like bird boxes, native plantings and the removal of invasive species. A parking lot and picnic are were also popular.

The concept options will be available online soon.

The park design will be refined into a single option that will be presented to the Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee, then to city council prior to detailed design and construction.

For more information, visit http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/14878.aspx.

Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook. View our print edition online.

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag Monday amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

City of White Rock, SFN reaffirm close ties

National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrated on June 21

GUEST COLUMN: Looks like TransLink aims to ‘short-circuit’ plan for rail service on Interurban corridor

‘We are not going away,’ writes Rick Green, of South Fraser Community Rail Group

UPDATE: ‘Shots fired’ report in Cloverdale neighbourhood was likely fireworks, say RCMP

Surrounding neighbourhood evacuated, street closed in both directions as officers investigated

Swansong Ride2Survive raises $1M-plus in single-day cycle from Kelowna to Delta

Saturday’s ride was the 15th and final fundraiser of its kind for North Delta-based charity event

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

Grey-haired bank robber hit with dye pack in Langley heist

Police are looking for an older man who may be stained with dye

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

New Lower Mainland bistro caters to board game fans and families

Local food and games at every table is the formula for the new business

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Most Read