Letter: People worked for vibrant Fort Langley

Dear Editor,

For the record, the people interested and involved in recreating Fort Langley as a vibrant historic destination worked on the OCP and Heritage guidelines.

Before that, they founded the Friends of the Fort, the Langley Heritage Society, the Derby Reach Park Association, the Fort Langley Legacy Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce office, and others.

In those organizations they added immeasurably to the assets of the Fort, they built a bronze statue of Sir James Douglas, they worked with the Township to increase the collections at the museums, they moved and furnished the entire CN Station site, they worked on trails, provided the TCT kiosk, look after the designated Community Hall, provided a tourist info booth, and saved Fort Langley cranberry fields from being Vancouver’s main garbage dump.

Then Mike Neilson [Animus only bar to better village, March 18 Letters, Langley Advance] came back to find a “vibrant” village that now has more than 250,000 visitors a year and is a “bedroom community.”

Most of the people we have to thank are the people who are proud to show “yellow hands” signifying “hands on heritage.”

Bays Blackhall, Langley

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