Nicomekl Riverfront Park
The City is planning a new riverfront park on the south side of the Nicomekl River in South Surrey.
The City is planning a new riverfront park on the south side of the Nicomekl River in South Surrey. We are in the process of acquiring the last few pieces of parkland that will eventually form a 3-km riverfront connection.
This 3-km linear park will extend from Elgin Rd to 40th Ave and includes two large park spaces located at 3652 Elgin Road/14391 Crescent Road and 3600 King George Boulevard.
The park will combine environmental, cultural, art, heritage, recreation and social spaces.
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Park Management Plan
The Nicomekl Riverfront Park Management Plan was adopted by Council in spring 2020. We are excited to have this first phase complete and we will start the next phase, detailed design of the park's Hadden Mill and Oxbow zones, in early 2021:
- Management Plan
- Concept Plan
- Public Art Strategy
- Environmental Assessment Report
- Heritage Plan
- Public Consultation Summary Report
Award-Winning Management Plan
In June 2020, the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) awarded Surrey’s Nicomekl Riverfront Management Park Plan with the 2020 Gold Award for Excellence in Planning Practice for a City & Urban Area. The PIBC awards are presented annually in recognition of the professional planning work and accomplishments of members across British Columbia and Yukon.
The Nicomekl Riverfront Park will link, restore and amplify the unique ecological park zones along the Nicomekl River into a coherent, resilient and beautiful riverfront park experience that layers ecology, history, art, recreation and gathering spaces for young and old, throughout all seasons.
One of the longest and most unique parks in Surrey, the Nicomekl Riverfront Park will:
- Create access to the river
- Express histories and stories through public art, interpretation, materials, and design elements
- Engage with First Nations and the public to work toward Reconciliation
- Provide engaging opportunities for all ages and abilities
- Balance ecology with park amenities and programs
- Connect to the greater land and water systems
- Address sea level rise
- Protect, restore, enhance and increase ecological corridors, patches, tree canopy and shoreline complexity and increase biodiversity and resiliency
- Celebrate unique qualities of each park zone while connecting them into one continuous riparian experience
Planning & Engagement (Complete) - Early 2018 to Early 2020
In 2018, parks staff worked with the consultant PFS Studio, and their environmental, heritage and public art sub-consultants on site analysis, reviewing best practices, a communications strategy, concept design and performed multiple site visits, review meetings and an innovation workshop.
In 2018 and 2019, the project team has met with First Nations, stakeholder groups and internal groups to collect feedback on the future park.
The project team also collected feedback from Surrey residents at the following public events and through social media, emails and phone calls. This feedback informed the park management plan and concept plan and will continue to inform the next phase, detailed design.
- Open house #1 & Online Survey, September 24, 2018, 6-9pm, South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, Turnbull Gallery
- Information boards
- Online survey
- The 'Build a City' workshop at the Youth Speak Up Forum, October 26, 2018
- The 'Your Voice, Your Park' workshop at Surrey Kids Conference', November 17, 2018
- World Wetland Event presentation and walking tour, February 2, 2019
- Open house #2 & Online Survey, August 6, 2019, 5-8pm, Elgin Community Hall
- Information boards
- Online survey
Design (In Progress) - mid 2020 to TBD
This phase involves the detailed design of the park's Hadden Mill and Oxbow zones from Elgin Road to Hwy 99.
Continued engagement with First Nations, stakeholder groups and Surrey residents will occur during this phase.
This phase involves construction of the park.
Watch our segment on Metro Vancouver's Close Up series on the future site of the Nicomekl Riverfront Park.
As phase four of the Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy, the City is working to implement priority coastal flood adaptation works like the Nicomekl Riverfront Park. With funding and support from the federal Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, the park is one of 13 projects to address coastal flooding to achieve a future 200-year level of protection.
For more information on this project, contact email@example.com, Doug Merry at 604-598-5778 or Mickella Sjoquist at 604-592-7033.
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund.