Alexandra park left in a deplorable state

I have always taken the greatest pride in stating that I am a resident of the Fraser Canyon since birth...until this weekend that is and my pride faltered!

Editor: The Standard

I have always taken the greatest pride in stating that I am a resident of the Fraser Canyon since birth…until this weekend that is and my pride faltered! I was told something I could not believe until I saw it with my own eyes. Thus precipitated my trip to Alexandra Park.

I arrived to find it was all true…The park was barricaded off. There were cars parked all along the edge of the highway. Then I checked the park across the road which was not barricaded off and found it to be an utter garbage dump! I was sad, hurt and horrified. But as I continued to look around, I then became angry, because I thought of how many times I, as a local volunteer had sent people there. I had also heard many of the local businesses sending people to see one our local, historical prides, Alexandra Bridge.

We have some extremely wonderful businesses through the Fraser Canyon that do their best in promoting the Fraser Canyon corridor (Yale Heritage Site, Fraser River Rafting. Hell’s Gate Air tram to name a few) and I cannot feel anything but sympathy for them as they all as they try their best to promote business for the Fraser Canyon… only to be met with this type of total disregard for our beautiful parks.

I would like you to reflect on a few thoughts.

No. 1. You have just taken your family to see a wonderful piece of history and you arrive to find it barricaded off. You park you car on the side of the Trans Canada Highway and start to get your family out, only to find your family in danger of cars traveling very fast and extremely close to where your family is standing. Thus you decide to cross that busy highway to get to a section of the park that has not been barricaded only to find it is utterly filthy with trash! Are you happy?

No. 2. You are a local business in the Fraser Canyon. You run a very customer friendly business. You have just sent some very nice tourists to see our wonderful bridge and park. They return to tell you they are totally insulted that you would send them there. Are you happy?

After reading my concerns and reflecting upon them, I think they should then become your concerns.

Start to ask yourself, “Why is is this park still barricaded off on Easter weekend and why is part of it in such a deplorable state. And what can be done to remedy this situation.”

Lorelie Michaud

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sumas First Nation pilots eight-inch gill-net fishery in Sumas/Vedder River

Project in Abbotsford renews fishing practice and data gathering of chinook salmon

Chilliwack home built in 1910 will be saved from demolition

The 110-year-old house on Hope River Road is being relocated to nearby Riverside Drive

‘We just have to keep going’: Smaller weddings with bigger hearts ahead as weddings adapt to COVID-19

A struggling hospitality industry wary but hopeful of future amid industry-shaking changes

Outdoor markets not going ahead in Hope this summer

Concerns around health of vendors, lack of tourism factor into keeping markets closed this season

Hope crews quickly extinguish fire in camper van

Fire in deep cycle battery caused visible smoke and a response from Hope Fire Department Wednesday

Study suggests 8 times more people in B.C. infected with virus than confirmed

The study looked at anonymous blood samples collected for reasons unrelated to COVID-19

‘We’re not busting ghosts’: Northern B.C. paranormal investigators check out bistro

Paranormal North Coast British Columbia recently checked out PF Bistro at City Centre Mall.

Russian hackers seeking to steal COVID-19 vaccine data: intel agencies

It is believed APT29, also known as ‘the Dukes’ or ‘Cozy Bear’ was responsible

Twitter racing to unravel mystery cyberattack

Some of the world’s most prominent names had their Twitter accounts post invitations for an apparent Bitcoin scam

B.C. announces funding to support post-secondary students with disabilities

The province is investing $275,000 in the new BCcampus website

Tough time for tree fruits as some B.C. farm products soar

Province reports record 2019 sales, largely due to cannabis

Abbotsford woman starts petition to have B.C. government help with IVF costs

Jennifer Kuiken says cost of in vitro fertilization is too high for most people

‘Let’s all do a self-check’: Okanagan mayor reacts to racist vandalism targeting local family

Home of Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was targeted on evening of July 13

Province agrees to multimillion-dollar payout for alleged victims of Kelowna social worker

Robert Riley Saunders is accused of misappropriating funds of children — often Indigenous — in his care

Most Read