Parents threatened with $100 fines for letting children play on Surrey townhouse lane

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Parents are asking the strata council to waive a bylaw banning children from playing in a lane at least during the pandemic.

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Susan Lazaruk

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May 19, 2020  •  May 19, 2020  •  2 minute read  •  34 Comments Jenna Liesch with husband Koby and their children, Jacob, 9, June, 8, Jed, 6, and Judah, 3. Photo by Francis Georgian /PNG

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Parents in a Surrey condo complex are being threatened with $100 fines if their children play on the lane next to their townhouses, the only place available while playgrounds remain closed because of COVID-19.

“We open our garage door and I sit on a lawn chair and watch the kids go back and forth,” said Jenna Liesch, who said her neighbours do the same. “Every child is monitored by his own parents.”

The Liesch children, Jacob, 9, June, 8, and Jed, 6, ride their bikes, and Judah, 3, who has cerebral palsy, joins them in his power chair.

“He (Judah) is very motivated by his siblings on their bikes,” said Liesch. “He was in a walker for an hour and a half one day. You can tell from the look on his face how much he enjoys it.”

The family’s unit has a three-by-three metre back yard which at this time of year is a “mud pit” and in any case isn’t big enough or suitable for bikes or Judah’s walker. The other side of the building is too close to a busy street.

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