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Council greenlights phase one of Surrey’s new riverfront park project

DCN-JOC News Services
Council greenlights phase one of Surrey’s new riverfront park project

SURREY, B.C. — Surrey City Council has approved the final concept plan for the first phase of an 80-acre park along the Nicomekl River, aiming to integrate environmental protection, recreational facilities and cultural elements.

Developed after extensive site analysis, technical studies and public consultations in summer 2023, the plan for the new riverfront park incorporates feedback from a wide range of stakeholders, including First Nations, the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee, local residents and the National Research Council of Canada. The draft plan was refined based on this collective input.

The park is located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the Katzie, Kwantlen and Semiahmoo First Nations, as well as the traditional territory of the Snokomish Peoples.

Acknowledging this historical context, the project team is temporarily using the name snəkʷəməɬəɬ for the park. This name, originally from the Snokomish Peoples for the Nicomekl River area, is part of an effort to honour local First Nations’ languages and culture. A formal name for the park will be selected later, following appropriate First Nation protocols and city processes.

The park’s development is planned in three phases, stretching from Elgin Road to 40 Avenue in south Surrey. The first phase of construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2024.

This project is one of 13 components in Surrey partially funded by the Government of Canada’s Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund.

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