Acquisition of Parkland in Linley Valley
In Spring 2014, Council directed City staff to acquire land in Linley Valley for an expanded park system. Increasing development on the edges of Linley Valley fueled a strong desire from members of the public to preserve the majority of the remaining land in a nature state.
The cost of acquiring the lands was around $5.7million. These costs are partially offset by reducing future obligations on the City to build and service infrastructure associated with development in the valley. Removal of the lands from the Urban Reserve to Park will also encourage densification in other areas of the city.
In the coming years, Parks and Recreation staff will complete a public park planning process, improve the park and trail system and restore the ecological areas within the park. The properties contain a number of wetlands and fish-bearing creeks and streams with sensitive ecosystems.