Surrey is one of British Columbia’s largest cities, both by land mass (third after Abbotsford and Prince George), and second by population (after Vancouver). Developing the community for growing families is a key reason it’s projected to be larger in population than Vancouver by 2020.*

I’m proud to live in South Surrey, and understand that not all neighbourhoods are as developed for raising families as ours is.

Forsyth Park is coming to Central Surrey this Fall. The Natural Playground provided by the TD Common Ground Project is the revitalization of Forsyth Park.

Park construction has just begun this month in Surrey’s City Centre, an area with a growing family demographic who can benefit from this green play space for environmental education and creative play. (10635 140 Street)

Building a natural playground embodies the transformative value of parks on the health and vitality of communities. The vision to build and revitalize parks as thriving gathering places for youth, families, and adults is one shared through the TD Common Ground Project along with the City of Surrey park and recreation professionals who develop and maintain these treasured public places.

Located near an important biodiversity conservation corridor, the site will also support the city’s broader ecosystem management objectives:

— urban trees and plants can absorb and remove pollutants, moderate temperature, and improve air quality

— access to nature can reduce stress and improve psychological and physical well-being

The nature play area can drastically change how the City Centre community uses Forsyth Park by transforming the park from a non-programmed, undeveloped space into a multi-programmed social and recreational hub. This will activate the community and create a true neighbourhood center.

As one of Surrey’s first nature playgrounds, it will put Forsyth Park on the map as a destination playground, attracting children and families from across Surrey.

The nature play area will be integrated into the natural condition using grass, sand, wood and rocks. The park itself is innovative through its use of natural materials, green infrastructure, and contemporary play elements including a wood play structure.

The park will bring the Central Surrey community together as a quality family gathering spot.

To learn more about the Forsyth Park project, please visit: TD Common Ground Project

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* Source: Wikipedia | Sponsored by TD Common Ground

 

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