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Surrey Bend Regional Park Officially Opens

Surrey Bend Regional Park

April 16, 2016

Surrey's newest regional park is officially opened. The vision for Metro Vancouver’s 23rd regional park was launched over 20 years ago. Today, Surrey Bend Regional Park is part of a network of parks and protected areas along the Fraser River, and at 348 hectares (835 acres) it is the largest publicly owned natural area in the City of Surrey.

Mayor Linda Hepner lauded the addition of this regional park to the city.

“As one of the few remaining large, non-diked areas on the lower Fraser River, Surrey Bend Regional Park is truly a natural gem,” said Mayor Hepner. “The completion of this new regional park will provide visitors with access to multi-use trails and a unique wetland habitat that is home to a variety of fish, birds, and other wildlife.”

Surrey Bend Regional Park features diverse wildlife species and wetland habitats, including the Fraser Valley’s third-largest and relatively undisturbed bog.

“Surrey Bend Regional Park offers a tremendous opportunity to protect a unique ecosystem, and to allow residents to experience and understand the historic landscape of the Fraser River floodplain,” said Metro Vancouver Board Chair, Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore. “Through environmental education, nature study, and community stewardship, it is our hope that visitors will understand more clearly than ever the intrinsic value of the region's natural environment and the vital need to protect it.”

Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks Committee, Vancouver City Councillor Heather Deal noted that this is an exciting and momentous occasion for Metro Vancouver, which last opened a regional park nearly a decade ago.

“The development of this wonderful regional park was the result of many partnerships, which began in the early 1990s when the Surrey Bend Conservation Committee, Surrey City Council, and others had the vision to preserve this special place,” Councillor Deal said. “Metro Vancouver and the City of Surrey began acquiring these lands in 1995 with the Province of BC, and we also thank the many community groups and volunteers who have been involved throughout the years to bring the park to fruition.”

More information about Surrey Bend Regional Park can be found here.

 

 

Photo and files from Metro Vancouver