A Surrey golf course held in the Poirier family only months shy of 50 years is bidding a fond farewell.
“We’re getting our truck and we’ll be packing it in the morning, but I may go out and hit a couple golf balls. Later, we might be crying… People are still coming in, telling us hello, thank you, and we hope to see you again.”
Owner Ken Poirier was told last year the city was expropriating the family’s 16 acres of land at the Riverside Golf Course for a paltry $3-million dollars.
Poirier says not seeing familiar faces on the links has hit the family hard, especially his father.
“He’s now in his elder years, but he still comes five, six times a week to interact with basically friends who come to see us usually many times a week.”
The City of Surrey wants the land to connect King George Boulevard and Winter Crescent, and use the rest for a conservation area, but Poirier says he’s still not throwing in the towel.
“What I’m trying to do is actually get the city to listen to the people of the community and do something that would be better for the people and not the agenda of the planners.”
He says everyone in the community has talked to him, thanking his family for years of fond memories, but remains hopeful there may be a way to change the city’s mind.