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Ribbons Cut to Officially Open Kensington Prairie Community Centre

September 24, 2011

For immediate release

Surrey, BC – An estimated 400 people were in attendance on Saturday to mark the official opening and ribbon cutting of the New Kensington Prairie Community Centre. The free family-friendly event included live entertainment and music, arts and crafts, stilt-artist, face painting, community displays, old fashioned games and prize giveaways for those in attendance.

“The new Kensington Prairie Community Centre is a much needed addition to the growing South Surrey community, where many young families are choosing to call home,” says City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “The facility is part of the Build Surrey Program, the largest capital construction program in the City’s history. We are investing in new recreation infrastructure throughout Surrey in order to create a strong, vibrant, and healthy community.”

“Investments in recreational infrastructure have contributed to healthy, active lifestyles for people in our communities, created jobs and helped Canadians weather the economic downturn,” said Russ Hiebert, MP for South Surrey—White Rock—Cloverdale, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. The federal government contributed $200,000 to the project through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program (RInC).

The original school building was constructed in 1914. In 1955, the annex was constructed which contained four additional classrooms, an office, staff room with kitchen, a library, and a 2,700 elementary size gymnasium. Kensington Prairie Elementary closed its doors in June of 2006.

The refurbished Kensington Prairie Community Centre provides improved access and services to families and community through an integrated focus on early learning, healthy child development and community engagement.

For more information on the programs and services offered at the newly opened Kensington Prairie Community Centre, visit


For further information contact:

Lisa White
Manager of Community & Recreation Services
Parks, Recreation and Culture
City of Surrey