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Cloverdale Athletic Park improvements will boost recreational opportunities in Surrey

Mayor Linda Hepner and other representatives stand in front of Cloverdale Atheletic Park.

July 25, 2017

For immediate release: July 25, 2017

Surrey, British Columbia - Investing in recreational infrastructure promotes healthy, active lifestyles and brings communities together. This quality of life is what builds neighbourhoods that Canadians are proud to call home.

Today, John Aldag, Member of Parliament for Cloverdale—Langley City, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; her Worship Linda Hepner, Mayor of Surrey; and Dave McKague, Treasurer of the Surrey United Soccer Club, announced joint funding of over $5.8 million for upgrades to the Cloverdale Athletic Park. This project supports the city’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Strategic Plan that helps ensure facilities continue to meet the demands of the diverse and growing communities.

“The comprehensive upgrades at Cloverdale Athletic Park reflect the priority the City of Surrey places on our recreational spaces and how we are always looking for opportunities to improve and expand them,” said Mayor Hepner. “The work being done here will ensure that Cloverdale Athletic Park will remain one of the premier sports parks in the Lower Mainland. I want to thank the Government of Canada and Surrey United Soccer Club for sharing our vision and partnering with us to keep Surrey actively engaged.”

Work includes replacing the aging artificial turf on Field #1, and installing new artificial turf on Field #2 as well as the warm-up field. Next spring, the City expects to start work on building a new field house along with additional parking spaces. The new field house will include changing rooms, indoor space for seniors, as well as cultural and community group programs.

“Recreational infrastructure—like Cloverdale’s multi-sport facility here in Surrey—helps keep residents active and strengthens their sense of community,” said MP Aldag. “The Government of Canada is making smart investments in public infrastructure that improve the quality of people’s lives, and promote economic prosperity through the creation of well-paying jobs for the middle class.”

Once complete, the multi-sport facility will provide better fields for sporting events and extend the outdoor playing season. It will also equip the park to better support the demands from the growing population of the surrounding communities.

“Surrey United, along with other user groups, will soon enjoy some significant improvements to Cloverdale Athletic Park that will serve their members and the greater community,” said Dave McKague of Surrey United.  “A process that began almost two years ago has culminated with great cooperation from groups including Surrey United, the City of Surrey, the Provincial Government through former MLA Peter Fassbender, and the Federal Government through MP John Aldag. We would especially like to recognize MP John Aldag who was instrumental in pursuing these funds in the spirit of strengthening the sense of community and health and welfare of his constituents. We would also like to recognize City of Surrey Councillor Mike Starchuk who provided great guidance to make this project a reality.”

Quick facts

The Government of Canada is providing $1,919,463 through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects.
The City of Surrey is contributing $3,715,926, while the Surrey United Soccer Club will contribute the remaining $200,000.
The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

Associated links

Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017

Federal infrastructure investments in British Columbia

Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects

Cloverdale Athletic Park

Surrey United Soccer Club

 

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Contacts

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-219-0149
brook.simpson@canada.ca

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

Spiro Pegios
Surrey United Soccer Club
778-549-0185
spiropeg@shaw.ca

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
media@infc.gc.ca
Twitter: @INFC_eng
Web: Infrastructure Canada