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Ribbon Cut to Officially Open North Surrey Youth Park

May 30, 2011

For immediate release

Surrey, BC – An estimated 600 people were in attendance on Saturday to mark the official opening and ribbon cutting of the new North Surrey Youth Park at the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre.

“I am proud that our Government has delivered on this important project for youth in Surrey,” said the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “Our investment in North America’s first covered skate park will attract youth from all over the province to visit this state-of-the-art facility.”

“The North Surrey Youth Park is a much needed addition to the growing downtown Surrey community, where many young families are choosing to call home,” said Mayor Dianne Watts. “The facility is part of the Build Surrey Program, the largest capital construction program in the city’s history. We are building new recreation infrastructure throughout Surrey in order to create strong, vibrant, healthy communities.”

“The new Youth Park contains North America’s first free-standing, covered skate bowl” said Councillor Mary Martin, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee. “The park has many unique features including a new sport box that will accommodate basketball and floor hockey courts and will be well used with the new court lighting.”

Joint funding for this project was provided by the federal government through the RInC (Recreational Infrastructure Canada) Program.

The free family-friendly event included skateboard competitions, BMX bike demos, BC Lions, a bouncy castle, sports activities, face painting, temporary tattoos, a radar hockey shoot, community displays, and prize giveaways for those in attendance.

For more information on the programs and services offered at the newly opened North Surrey Youth Park, visit www.surrey.ca.  

To see highlights of the skateboard competition watch our YouTube video.

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For further information contact:

Owen Croy
Manager of Parks
Parks, Recreation and Culture
City of Surrey
604-598-5762

Jaime Burke
Regional Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia
604-666-1318