Letter: Monstrous Brookswood bridge would destroy park and Anderson Creek

Dear Editor,

Are my eyes playing tricks on me, or does the Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan actually recommend extending 40th Avenue through Brookswood Park at 200th Street, with a second bridge crossing the creek, connecting 198th Street?

If that proposed traffic change is not simply a mistake on the drawings, it will mean that the playground and new waterpark at Brookswood Park will be a few metres off the road, essentially destroying the tranquility and relative safety of the park as is.

It will also require relocation of the parking lot, clear-cutting the stand of large trees at the south end of the park, and of course, a massive bridge to span the ravine over Anderson Creek.

Once across Anderson Creek, the proposed plan shows 40th Avenue connecting to 198th Street, which appears to be a new bridge running north-south through the creek, connecting 198th Street from 40th to 44th Avenue.

Considering there are several east-west routes within walking distance of Brookswood Park, it seems absolutely insane that the Township would even consider building a network of bridges through one of the most ecologically sensitive salmon habitats in the Township.

Anderson Creek is a salmon-spawning channel that also sustains several species of birds, such as eagles and herons, and is often visited by deer, coyotes, owls, and raccoons.

We bought our property overlooking Anderson Creek under the impression that it was a protected waterway and would never be developed. We have a restrictive covenant that prevents us from building anything within 15 metres of the bank.

We do not use fertilizers, harsh chemicals, or laundry detergents that could pose a threat to Anderson Creek.

In other words, we have taken every effort to preserve this precious oasis, and are quite horrified at the possibility of it being turned into pavement.

There are plenty of reasons to oppose the Brookswood/Fernridge Community Plan, but punching a hole through Brookswood Park is absolutely vulgar.

Please say ‘NO’ to this monstrous plan.

Shon Troelstrup, Brookswood

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