Metro Vancouver has expanded the popular North
Alouette Regional Greenway with the addition of 7.69 hectares (19 acres) of
land on its east side.
The North Alouette Regional Greenway, located
in the northwest corner of the City of Maple Ridge bordering on the City of
Pitt Meadows, includes a shared dike trail used for walking, cycling and
horseback riding. The greenway protects a section of the North Alouette River
floodplain, including a rare lowland Sitka Spruce ecosystem.
The new land parcel, acquired at a cost of
$715,000 through the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Land Acquisition Fund, runs
north from 136th Avenue and includes Cattell Brook, which provides salmon
rearing habitat and is a destination for canoeists and kayakers.
The greenway, together with the nearby Codd
Wetlands Ecological Conservancy and Blaney Bog Regional Park Reserve, forms an
assemblage of natural wetland habitats supporting several endangered species,
such as Keen’s long-eared bat, the southern red-backed vole, and the Pacific water
“We are pleased and excited to have secured
such an ecologically rich piece of land which complements the floodplain areas
already protected by the greenway,” said John McEwen, Chair of Metro
Vancouver’s Regional Parks Committee. “This property contains important fish
rearing and wildlife habitat and is an key component of the Pacific Flyway.”
This land purchase advances Metro Vancouver
Regional Parks’ mandate to protect the region’s important natural areas while
providing opportunities for people to connect with, enjoy, and learn about the
natural environment. Metro Vancouver's Regional Parks system covers 13,557
hectares, and includes 22 regional parks, three regional park reserves,
two ecological conservancy areas, and five regional greenways.
“The corridor along the North Alouette River
provides park visitors many wonderful opportunities to enjoy scenic vistas of
the river, mountains and agricultural areas, and it’s a great place to view
wildlife,” said Mike Morden, Mayor of the City of Maple Ridge and a Metro Vancouver Director. “The City looks forward to continuing to work with Metro
Vancouver to manage this important local and regional amenity.”
In 2018, Metro Vancouver doubled its annual
contribution to the Regional Park Land Acquisition Fund – to a total of $7.57
million each year – so that it may more readily respond to land acquisition
opportunities and protect more of the region’s ecologically sensitive areas for
people to enjoy, even as land prices and development pressures rise.