Residents of McMyn Road getting a $300,000 nature park

The park encompasses more than 1.5 hectares of land at the end of McMyn Road surrounding a pond

The bridge will lead to a wildlife  viewing platform.

The bridge will lead to a wildlife viewing platform.

Pitt Meadows residents will have a new green space in their backyard after city councillors approved the final design for the McMyn Neighbourhood Park Tuesday night.

The park encompasses more than 1.5 hectares of land at the end of McMyn Road surrounding a pond, and will cost $300,000 to build.

The area is already home to a variety of wildlife, and landscaping will increase access to the area.

“There are going to be some beautiful views for the people who live there,” said Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows parks director David Boag.

A wooden bridge will be built over the south end of the pond, leading to a wildlife viewing platform. A nature trail will loop around the property, and feature a series of fitness stations, while landscaping will open the area up to users, with some trees and invasive plant species getting removed.

Trees will be planted in the western section of the park to help obscure the view of the large warehouse located to the west of the park.

A half basketball court and playground for eight- to 12-year-olds will be built adjacent to the cul-de-sac at the end of McMyn Road.

The property for the park was formerly owned by CP Rail, who built the retention pond and donated the land to the City of Pitt Meadows. An additional .18 hectare lot was purchased by the City in 2006.

Boag said the park should be finished by the end of summer, no later than October.