Interim injunction stops road construction through Surrey park
All construction is stopped until permanent injunction court date on August 19
The B.C. Supreme Court has granted an interim injunction to stop construction on a new road planned through a popular park in Surrey, B.C.
The interim injunction for the City of Surrey to stop building the road through Bear Creek Park is in place until Aug. 19, when the main injunction application is set to be heard.
Friends of Bear Creek Park and Force of Nature filed for the injunction on Friday.
"This is a great moment for the campaign to save Bear Creek Park," said Friends of Bear Creek Park organizer Sebastian Sajda in a written statement.
"We are confident that the court will see the wisdom of ruling in favour of the environment when the main injunction is heard."
Environmental groups argue the land should only be used for park purposes and the road should not be built without a public referendum.
Despite the interim injunction, Friends of Bear Creek Park said they will continue to picket.
"We're going to keep protesting until this road is completely stopped and the park is safe," said Friends of Bear Creek park member Bianca Li in the statement.
The City of Surrey previously declined to comment saying the matter is now before the court.
The idea of extending the road to connect through the park has been entertained in Surrey for more than a decade.
The project is expected to cost nearly $18 million for construction and park improvements which include road, cycling and pedestrian pathways.
Environmental groups say they're concerned about its costs and environmental consequences.
With files from Baneet Braich