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New Enclosed Picnic Shelter Prototype Developed for Surrey

August 08, 2011

Surrey, B.C. – The City of Surrey has developed a prototype enclosed picnic shelter that will allow community members to gather and socialize year-round, whatever the weather conditions.

Area residents who regularly gather at North Surrey Community Park for card playing and other social activities had suggested to the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee that the winter months in the park would be much more enjoyable if the users could be effectively sheltered from the wind and rain. Based on this, a new picnic shelter was designed and constructed, complete with transparent walls, doors and even heaters for cold winter days.

Councillor Tom Gill, Chair of the Finance Committee of Council, worked to ensure that Council set aside budget funds for the project as part of the 2011 Five-year Financial Plan. “It was very clear that many residents of the neighbourhood use the park daily, and needed an enclosed shelter; Council recognized this need, and approved budget funds for the shelter, which will run as a pilot project for one year.”

“This new prototype shelter is complimentary to the three new Community Rooms that have been developed in several larger City parks, allowing seniors to stay active and socially engaged in their own communities,” said Councillor Mary Martin, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee. “This shelter will truly provide a great place for not only our seniors to enjoy but for the whole of the community to use and enjoy throughout the year.”

The City will monitor the use of the new enclosed shelter, and will report back to the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee at the end of the pilot project with recommendations on whether other enclosed shelters should be constructed in the City.

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For more information contact:

Laurie Cavan
General Manager
Surrey Parks Recreation and Culture
(604) 598-5765