Metro Vancouver and Abbotsford reach parks agreementMetro Vancouver and Abbotsford reach parks agreement<div class="ExternalClass7921C4858A79405C8DEB96EB476ACA98"><p>Metro Vancouver has reached an agreement with the City of Abbotsford, which enables the City to withdraw from Metro Vancouver’s regional parks function. Once approved, the City of Abbotsford will no longer participate in or financially contribute to parks within Metro Vancouver and can allocate resources to parks within its own municipality and region.</p><p>A bylaw enabling Abbotsford’s withdrawal underwent a first reading at the November 24<sup>th</sup> meeting of Metro Vancouver’s Board. The Board also endorsed a proposed Order in Council for the province’s consideration that would enable Metro Vancouver to own and operate parkland outside its geographical boundaries, without requiring membership of the City of Abbotsford in the MVRD parks function.</p><p>Under the agreement, Metro Vancouver will transfer parkland outside the regional district -- Matsqui Trail, Sumas Mountain and the eastern portion of Glen Valley Regional Park referred to as Poplar Bar and Duncan Bar, including Crescent Island -- to the City of Abbotsford. Aldergrove Regional Park, which straddles the Township of Langley and Abbotsford, will continue to be owned and operated by MVRD as approximately 75 percent of users reside in Metro Vancouver.</p><p>"This agreement is ultimately aimed at enhancing stewardship and improving economic efficiencies of park systems throughout both Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley," said Greg Moore, Chair of Metro Vancouver. "Metro Vancouver will be able to invest more funding into future parkland acquisitions to enhance its regional parks system, while continuing to collaborate with the City of Abbotsford and the FVRD on Experience the Fraser and related projects."</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue38-abbotsfordparks.jpg2017-12-18T08:00:00ZGP0|#afe17b9f-722f-4cdf-95b6-a4beab8b1484;L0|#0afe17b9f-722f-4cdf-95b6-a4beab8b1484|Issue 38;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassA89EA67E65F041B69902F34D82B63CE5"><p>Metro Vancouver has reached an agreement with the City of Abbotsford, which enables the City to withdraw from Metro Vancouver’s regional parks function. Once approved, the City of Abbotsford will no longer participate in or financially contribute to parks within Metro Vancouver and can allocate resources to parks within its own municipality and region.</p><br></div>0