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First Annual Robson Park Festival Celebrates Community’s Commitment to Sustainability and the Environment

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August 18, 2016

For immediate release: August 18, 2016

Surrey, BC On August 13, the Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP) celebrated the community’s commitment to protecting Surrey’s natural areas with the first annual Robson Park Festival. As part of the event—and feature of Surrey’s Robson Park Stewardship Series—community members were invited to participate in hands-on invasive plant removal. SHaRP also welcomed local environmental organizations, including Surrey’s Natural Area Partnership (SNAP), as an opportunity for attendees to learn about a variety community initiatives, while participating in all-ages games and activities.

“Robson Park is a beautiful and important environmental asset that protects the entire headwaters of Robson Creek,” said Surrey City Councillor Mike Starchuk, Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee. “The Robson Park Festival was a wonderful opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate our City’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, and ensuring the success of our community and our planet now and into the long-term future.”

Robson Park’s newly constructed playground, picnic spaces and variety of wildlife make it a popular community destination. To help maintain the diverse natural habitat in the park’s riparian area, SHaRP and community volunteers worked together to remove invasive plant species, such as Himalayan blackberry, English ivy and morning glory.

“Through environmental education and community stewardship, we hope that visitors will recognize the close proximity of Surrey’s natural fish habitat to their own backyard, and the value of protecting it,” added Councillor Starchuk. “On behalf of the City of Surrey, I would like to thank our 2016 funders, TD Canada Trust and RBC, for their continued support towards environmental programs in Surrey.”

The Robson Park Stewardship Series will continue into fall with planting parties, where community members can plant native species, such as salmonberry and thimbleberry, to increase biodiversity and prevent invasive plant species from re-establishing. For more information, visit www.surrey.ca/sharp.

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Image: SHaRP volunteers welcome community members and local environmental groups to the first annual Robson Park Festival. Left to Right: Jason Su, Gaganpreet Sangha, Arjun Sangha, Amanda Luu, Ruchi Hamal and Sarah Moroso.

Media contact:

Crystal Tseng
SHaRP Media & Public Relations
778 846 1611
sharpmediapr@gmail.com