Monday, Sept. 11, 2023 - A Mill Lake Park makeover?

Fraser Valley Current

Monday, Sept. 11, 2023 | 🌦 High 21C

Good morning!

Rahkri is an annual festival of sorts that celebrates the bond between a brother and sister. This year the day was observed on Aug. 30 but I finally got to celebrate with my brothers this past weekend. The customs are pretty straightforward: the sister ties a rakhri (a bracelet most often made of yarn) on her brother's wrist and then there is an exchange of sweets and gifts. Essentially I get a few bucks for every rakhri I tied… can’t argue with tradition!

Joti Grewal

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A new plan for Mill Lake

A new plan for Mill Lake Park could include the scrapping of the park's photogenic boardwalk—and possibly the restoration of a historic rail trestle bridge on the opposite end of the lake. 📷️ Joti Grewal ; Reach Gallery Archives P982.

Big changes could be coming for Abbotsford’s most popular park.

Sitting squarely in the centre of Abbotsford, Mill Lake and the park that surrounds it is a magnet for kids, seniors, office workers, anglers, nature lovers, artists, history buffs, horseshoe enthusiasts and turtles.

No other Fraser Valley city has a central park so beloved, nor one to match Mill Lake Park’s mix of size, nature, and community amenities.

Now, the City of Abbotsford is starting work on a new plan for the park.

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Need to know

👏 Seabird Island artist George Price has completed carving a house post for the Sq’ewá:lxw First Nation’s Ruby Creek Art Gallery [Ruby Creek Art Gallery/Facebook]; The Current spoke to the artist while he designed the post, read that story here [FVC]

🚁 Search and rescue crews were called Sunday to the Chilliwack River Valley [Fraser Valley Today]

😔 On Saturday—the day before the above rescue—two volunteer members had their packs with essential gear stolen from outside their home [Chilliwack Search and Rescue/Facebook]

🔨 Langley City plans to demolish a number of downtown buildings [Langley Advance Times]

👮🏻‍♂️ A 41-year-old Langley man was charged after fleeing officers and crashing into a police cruiser [New Westminster Police]

🚑 A pedestrian was struck and killed in Mission Thursday [RCMP]

🚔 Police arrested a man who was known to frequent Chilliwack, among other Canadian cities, after a year-long drug investigation [Global]

🚓 Seven people were arrested in Langley after a tracking device led Mounties to a collection of stolen items and loaded guns [Langley Advance Times]

🌎 Chilliwack should spur the use of heat pumps in new buildings, climate activists told city council [Chilliwack Progress]

🏡 August Chilliwack house sales are up from a year ago [Chilliwack Progress]; Langley has experienced a similar trend [Langley Advance Times]

🚫 RCMP closed a street that has been popular for burnouts ahead of the Langley Cruise-In [Aldergrove Star]

🚜 Abbotsford Tech District will help address two of the biggest challenges British Columbia faces - affordability and food security - with "innovation we can eat." Read more.*

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The Agenda

A Langley development proposal on the corner of 204 Street and 70a Avenue will head to public hearing Monday. | Langley Township

Langley apartment building proposal heads to public hearing

Langley Township residents will have their say about a proposed development for 386 apartment units on the corner of 204 Street and 70a Avenue during a public hearing Monday.

An application proposes to amend the Central Gordon Neighbourhood Plan in south Willoughby and rezone nearly four acres of land to make way for the new apartments and commercial space.

The hearing will be held Monday at 7pm. Details about the proposal can be viewed here.

Emergency winter shelter will reopen in Chilliwack

An emergency shelter on Margaret Avenue will reopen this winter.

The shelter, operated by Ruth and Naomi’s Mission, first opened last November to add more emergency beds through winter and spring. This year, the shelter will open in October and run until April. BC Housing will fund the six months of shelter operation, and Chilliwack city council has agreed to not enforce bylaws that would otherwise keep the shelter from operating.

Things to do

🧶 Quilting: The Abbotsford Quilters Guild is inviting new & experienced quilters to its first meeting of the 2023-24 membership year on Tuesday, Sept 12 at 10 am at the Ross Road Community Church. Contact Carole Lefler at (604)-853-0867 or Donna Zimmermann at [email protected].

🎟 Live theatre: Menopause: The Musical 2 will be showing at Mission’s Clarke Theatre Sept. 16. At 7pm. Tickets online.

🔨 Repair café: The Mission Library is hosting a Repair Cafe on Sept. 16. Bring your broken items, such as household and mechanical devices, computers, jewelry, tools for sharpening, bicycles, or clothing for repair. Details online.

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