Gloria Doubleday wants to know why someone vandalized and stole from the Langley park that bears her late husband's name.
On the weekend of Sept. 21 and 22, someone stole two sizeable wooden benches and a metal water pump from the Derek Doubleday Arboretum, located in the 21000 block of Fraser Highway.
The arboretum is one of Langley Township's newest parks, opened just a few years ago.
Doubleday's husband Derek was a longtime Township employee, and the park was named in his honour.
Gloria said she's very surprised at what was taken.
"I feel a little shocked," she said.
She can understand at least why thieves might want to take the heavy metal hand pump. Metal thieves could sell it for scrap.
But the benches are extremely heavy and must have been hard to move, she said.
"There's no logic behind this," said Gloria.
The two large wooden benches were paid for by the Arboretum and Botanical Society of Langley.
All three stolen items will now be replaced at Township expense.
The pump is part of the LEPS demonstration garden located at the site.
Because there's no water service there, an underground sistern collected rainwater from utility buildings. Garden users could pump it out by hand.
The cost to replace the benches and the pump will be about $2,000, said Tab Buckner, with Township's parks department.
Doubleday is upset, as groups like the Arboretum Society and Langley Rotary clubs have put a lot of effort into raising money for the park and adding trees, benches, viewing platforms and other amenities over the years.
The park is also host to a memorial walk and monument to Canadians who have died during the conflict in Afghanistan, and it hosts trees planted to remember Langley pioneers who have passed away in recent years.
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