Hazelnut Meadows Community Park
14069 - 68 Avenue, Surrey BC
About Hazelnut Meadows Community Park
Hazelnut Meadows Community Park includes a nature trail, a playground, games court and picnic areas.
The walk is around 1.6 kilometres long. Allow around 30 minutes for this walk. In the fall, watch for Steller's Jays harvesting and storing the nuts like squirrels. Prominent trees in the park are the Bigleaf Maples. Check the trunk and branches for a small bird called a Brown Creeper, creeping up the trunk in search of insects.
You'll find a playground, games court and lots of picnic shelters and tables in the southwest of the park, off 140 St. There is also a basketball and ball hockey court just to the north of the parking lot.
Lots of parking is available off 140 Street.
At the south side of the park, about 100 east of the parking lot, you'll find the Hazelnut Meadows Community Garden. Check out what the resident farmers are growing this season in their garden plots.
The trees here are all second growth, a reminder of the early timber operators who had entirely cleared the land by 1930. Replanting activities have focused on the tall Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock that once blanketed the area. The result is a natural area forest of around 5.5 hectares (13.5 acres), mostly in the northern portion of this 10.3 hectare (25.5 acre) community park.
The park got its name from an old Hazelnut Grove, a remnant of an orchard planted by settler James Marsh in the early 1900's. Some of the gravel trails follow the former routes of telegraph poles dating from the 1860's when the first European settlers arrived in this area.