Pamela Anderson is pushing for the preservation of Port Moody’s Bert Flinn Park.
The Canadian actress and outspoken animal rights activist has penned a letter in an effort to scrap construction of the David Avenue Connector — a road that will run through the centre of the British Columbia city’s largest urban park, home to the Northern Red-Legged Frog. The species has been registered at risk since 1999.
“I love B.C. and will always consider it home,” writes the 52-year-old, addressing Mayor Rob Vagramov and the Councillors of Port Moody. “That’s why I was saddened to learn that the beautiful Bert Flinn Park — a safe haven for wildlife — is at risk. I’m writing to urge you to scrap plans for building any future road through the park.”
“Please consider the bears, coyotes, deer, frogs, birds, and other animals who call the park home,” Anderson continues. “People in B.C. and around the world have become increasingly concerned about human expansion and deforestation, which kill and displace wild animals. The issue of Bert Flinn Park perfectly illustrates the global struggle between unsustainable development and the ethical imperative to protect nature and its many inhabitants.”
The former “Baywatch” star isn’t the only high-profile Canadian to challenge the Metro Vancouver municipality. Environmentalist David Suzuki also wrote an open letter regarding the city’s proposal in 2018, calling it “an outdated scheme…to support a developer’s desire for car-centric urban sprawl; a shame.”
Many Port Moody residents hope to halt the corridor’s development and have started a petition of their own.
Officials will meet to discuss the plan at a council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 8.