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Community Celebrates Robson Park Revitalization

May 16, 2011

Surrey, BC – Over 600 people were in attendance on Saturday to mark the official re-opening of Robson Park.

The park revitalization project included several enhancements to recreation amenities, improved public safety, upgraded environmental features, and drainage improvements to improve water quality and protect downstream habitat. The project successfully merged the need for storm water management in an older neighborhood with the need to revitalize a dated park facility.

“Robson Park is a great example of Surrey’s commitment to sustainability and infrastructure investments through our Build Surrey program,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Projects like this bring multiple stakeholders together to create strong, vibrant, and healthy communities.”

“We are excited Robson Park will provide the community with excellent stream stewardship education opportunities and spectator areas for a salmon bearing stream” said Councillor Mary Martin, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee. “Robson Park also includes many great new amenities including an upgraded soccer/sports field, and paved walking trails, more parking, and a new children’s playground that uses a rubberized surface made from recycled tires.”

The free family-friendly event included live music and entertainment, a family BBQ, a bouncy castle, kite making, face painting, bucket truck rides, community displays, and prize giveaways for those in attendance. The event ended with the release of almost 5,000 chum salmon fry provide by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and working cooperatively with the Tynehead hatchery.

For more information on Robson Park, visit www.surrey.ca. To see a photo album and video of the event or share comments on the project visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/City-of-Surrey/114312524502 or http://www.youtube.com/TheCityofSurrey.

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For further information contact:

Owen Croy
Manager of Parks Parks, Recreation & Culture
604-598-5762

                       

Carrie Barron
Drainage & Environment Manager
Engineering Department 
604-591-4278