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Surrey Opens Dufferin Park in the heart of the Douglas Neighbourhood

Elected officials surrounded by children cutting the ribbon to open the park

October 21, 2014

Surrey, BC – On Saturday, residents of Surrey’s Douglas neighbourhood celebrated the opening of a new park on in their community; Dufferin Park, named for the historic street name of 2nd avenue “Dufferin Road”, is 2.8 hectares (7 acres) in size and is next to the site of a future elementary school.

“The Douglas Neighbourhood is a great example of a compact, walkable neighbourhood, which is part of the blueprint for fostering a healthy, connected community,” said Mayor Dianne Watts. “The addition of Dufferin Park is a key component in this blueprint as it will serve as a central meeting place and community hub for families living in the neighbourhood."

Located at 17355 2 Avenue, Dufferin Park features a regulation sized soccer field, a playground, a sports box for hockey, basketball, and pickleball, as well as paved walking paths. The custom designed and fabricated (and completely recyclable) playground speaks to the location of the park through a decidedly “international border” theme. The form of the iconic Peace Arch acts as a bridge, symbolically enabling kids to climb from one side of the playground to the other.

Dufferin Park also completes another section of the Douglas Greenway – a pedestrian pathway that will eventually carry through the entire neighbourhood starting at Peace Arch Park and connecting to another greenway at 4th avenue and Pacific Hwy.

"The addition of Dufferin Park will ensure residents will have ample opportunity for social, recreational, and fitness activities,” said Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Committee. “We are pleased to add to our network of greenways, which provides more opportunity for residents to be active, and walk and cycle in our City.”

For more information about Dufferin Park visit www.surrey.ca/parks

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Photo caption: Councillors Bruce Hayne, Linda Hepner, Mary Martin and Judy Villeneuve were on hand to celebrate the grand opening of Dufferin Park.

For project information contact:
Ted Uhich
Manager, Parks Planning
City of Surrey
(604) 598-5706

For interviews contact:
Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor, City of Surrey
(604) 375-4584