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Surrey breaks ground on new Forsyth Park and TD Nature Play Area

The City of Surrey breaks ground at Forsyth Park

April 7, 2017

The City of Surrey officially broke ground today at City Centre’s new Forsyth Park and TD Nature Play Area. Construction of the southern half of the 7 ½ acre park will take place from now until the end of September when it will open to the public.

Forsyth Park is one of ten new parks being planned for City Centre. Park amenities will also feature a dog off-leash area and supporting picnic areas and pathways. When completed, Forsyth Park will serve as a primary gathering space in the neighbourhood.

“It’s exciting to see Forsyth Park begin construction as it will provide a wonderful community hub and destination for residents in our growing City Centre neighbourhood,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “I would like to extend thanks to TD Bank Group for its generous donation. Once completed, the TD Nature Play Area will be a destination playground for children and families to enjoy for generations.”

The play area is funded by a $500,000 gift from TD Bank Group to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday. The donation to the City of Surrey is one of seven major TD-funded green space revitalization projects across the country, and is one of 150 projects being completed as a part of the “TD Common Ground" project.

"TD is committed to contributing to livable and healthy cities and to improve the quality of life for our communities in a lasting way," said Mauro Manzi, Senior Vice President, TD Bank Group – Pacific Region. "To continue this commitment, TD is supporting the development of Forsyth Park and over 150 other initiatives across the country in celebration of Canada 150. Today is an exciting milestone as we formally break ground and begin construction in Surrey."

The TD Nature Play Area will include natural elements and materials such as a water play feature, sand area, and wood play structures and pieces. It will provide opportunities for environmental education and creative play, and meet the City’s broader biodiversity conservation objectives.

Canada 150-related projects, events and celebrations are planned throughout the year all across Surrey. Visit Surrey’s Canada 150 website www.surrey.ca/canada150 for more information and details.

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Photo: (L-R) Owen Croy, Manager of Parks, City of Surrey; Bruce Gray, District Vice President, TD Canada Trust, Surrey Delta District; Mauro Manzi, Senior Vice President of the Pacific Region, TD Canada Trust; Councillor Mike Starchuk, City of Surrey; Bill Cunningham, District Vice President, TD Commercial Banking, Fraser Valley Commercial Banking Group.

For project information:                                                                                               

Ted Uhrich
Manager of Parks Planning
City of Surrey
(604) 598-5706
TLUhrich@surrey.ca
 

For media interviews:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
(604) 591-4519
OWLum@surrey.ca