Large new Surrey Bend Regional Park officially opens Saturday near Barnston Island

Special event Saturday features performers, nature programs and more

An aerial view of Surrey Bend Regional Park.

SURREY — The region’s newest park will officially open here this weekend.

A special event is planned for Saturday (April 16) at Surrey Bend Regional Park, located downstream from Barnston Island.

Surrey Bend is part of a complex of parks and protected areas along the Fraser River, in the Fraser Heights area.

Metro Vancouver and the City of Surrey began acquiring land to create the 348-hectare park in 1995.

An estimated $6 million has been spent on habitat and facility development at the park, a refuge for birds, fish and mammals. The area is dominated by giant cottonwoods, red alders, birch and willow trees. The park also features the third largest bog in the region.

For Saturday’s opening event, a shuttle bus will transport people to and from the park from Pacific Academy, 10238 168th St., Surrey, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Ventriloquist Norma McNight will bring her Norbert the Frog character to the event, to also feature performances by Tony Prophet and Bobs & Lolo. The opening ceremony takes place at 12:30 p.m.

“This family-friendly event will offer interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, stilt-walkers, face painting and nature programs,” stated an event advisory from Metro Vancouver.

“Discover multi-use trails while investigating the wetlands, bogs and floodplains that make this a regionally significant natural area.”

CLICK HERE for more details posted on Metro Vancouver’s website.

with files from Vancouver Sun

 

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