Petition to Mayor Linda Hepner & City Council
Save the "South Surrey Gratitude Garden"
A thriving pocket garden is at risk of being developed by City of Surrey if the public does not pitch in to show support for its continued existence. The South Surrey Gratitude Garden located at 156 Street near King George Blvd. was started in 2008 on city land by Adrian Bilodeau, as a tribute to his deceased father. Bilodeau grew up in the area. It has grown into a nearly 250-foot long garden housing mature cherry and holly trees, hundreds of annuals and perennials, as well as a food garden with blueberries, raspberries and squash. The area is home to hummingbirds, rabbits, owls and honeybees. In 2015, Adrian and the garden received a City of Surrey beautification grant, which provided additional trees, plants and supplies. The city noted in its report that "the garden has become a popular gathering space for local community members and has been noted in the media as 'bringing pleasure to hundreds of neighbours in the area.'" In a recent article, Adrian noted, "Because people showed so much interest and appreciated [the park], it turned from being the memory of my father to me dedicating it to the citizens of the city where I grew up.” The garden is now threatened with redevelopment and there has been an inquiry from a potential buyer. However, it's not too late. According to the Peace Arch News, the City of Surrey's realty-services manager, Nicholas Rawcliffe, said “no firm decision” has been made and that any sale would be subject to council approval. I will be delivering this petition and any letters to City of Surrey City Council. Let's save this greenspace from development and preserve it as a lasting legacy to the community at large. Background Info: South Surrey Garden Plight on City's Agenda (Jan 6, 2017) http://www.peacearchnews.com/news/409811125.htmlSouth Surrey Garden Plight Inspires Petition (Dec 22, 2016)http://www.peacearchnews.com/news/407953446.html Editorial: Positively Fleeting (Dec 20, 2016)http://www.peacearchnews.com/opinion/407629116.html Borrowed Time for South Surrey Garden (Dec 16, 2016)http://www.peacearchnews.com/news/407095886.html More pics of this garden from the summer: https://growingupgrandview.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/the-sunnyside-garden-of-mystery/ Community Gardens Hit by Thievery (Sept 15, 2013)http://www.peacearchnews.com/news/225266861.html Community Enhancement Project Grant (May 2015)https://surrey.ca/bylawsandcouncillibrary/CR_2015-R092.pdf Map Location - see Gratitude Project: http://cosmos.surrey.ca/external/tools/communityprojects/