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City Creates New Waterfront Park

Aerial view of plans for new Surrey park along Parsons Channel.

February 13, 2012

Surrey – Surrey is creating a new 12.25 acre park along the Parsons Channel on the Fraser River. The City acquired the forested property on Friday, which contains two fish-bearing creeks, and will create a trail system in the park and viewpoints overlooking the river.

“The City of Surrey is committed to creating new parks and wildlife areas, and we’ve been setting aside about 100 acres of parkland each year to support our environmental and beautification objectives,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “We want to ensure we’re preserving our natural areas and providing families with high quality recreation opportunities.”

She adds the City has over 6,425 acres of parkland and protected open spaces as well as close to 1,400 acres of provincial parks, wildlife areas and regional parks.

“This new park will help attract outdoor enthusiasts from around the region and advance Surrey’s role in Metro Vancouver’s ‘Experience the Fraser’ plan, which is designed to enhance recreation opportunities and create a thriving park system along the river,” says Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of Surrey’s Park, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee.

The City consulted the public before creating its 10-year Parks, Recreation and Culture Strategic Plan, and residents ranked the need for destination parks along the waterfront as the number one priority regarding new regional facilities.

The Mayor says the City worked closely with S&R Sawmills and the Stewart family to complete this latest parkland acquisition.

For more information on Surrey’s Parks, Recreation & Culture strategic plan, please visit: http://www.surrey.ca/plans-strategies/3096.aspx.

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584