Metro Vancouver continues to protect more natural areas in the region with the purchase of two separate parcels totaling 3.82 hectares (9.4 acres) of creek side and forest habitat at Kanaka Creek Regional Park in the City of Maple Ridge.The new additions to the park are located on the north arm of Kanaka Creek just south of Dewdney Trunk Road and near the Bell Irving Fish Hatchery. Both properties host ecologically diverse forests and riverbanks. The purchases were funded through the Regional Park Land Acquisition Fund for a total of $1.725 million."Over the past few years, Metro Vancouver has been acquiring lands to widen Kanaka Creek Regional Park at its narrowest points to create a more ecologically resilient park," said John McEwen, Chair of Metro Vancouver's Regional Parks Committee. "These new park lands protect the areas along the two main stems of Kanaka Creek." 161st Street Property"It's great to see these ongoing additions to Kanaka Creek Regional Park that fill in gaps and protect more of the creek corridor's diverse and scenic landscape," said Mike Morden, Mayor of Maple Ridge. "Preserving additional natural lands next to developing urban areas is a win for all as it helps us maintain the livability of the region in the face of rapid growth and climate change."The latest purchases boost the size of Kanaka Creek Regional Park to over 450 hectares (1112 acres). The serpentine park lets visitors experience diverse landscapes including Fraser River frontage, dense forests, sandstone canyons and waterfalls. It features an extensive multi-use trail network, the Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre and the Bell-Irving Fish Hatchery. In 2019, nearly 470,000 people visited the park. Kanaka Creek North Arm Property"Metro Vancouver continues to make every effort to keep our regional parks open during the COVID-19 public health emergency because we recognize their value for connecting with nature, reducing stress and maintaining physical and mental well-being," said Sav Dhaliwal, Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors."Park visitors are encouraged to visit parks in their own neighbourhood, keep a physical distance of at least two metres from others, and use transit, walk or ride their bikes so as not to impede traffic in the local area."In the past 50 years, the Regional Parks system has grown from 3,835 hectares to over 13,600 hectares of parkland, with 23 regional parks, five greenways, two ecological conservancy areas and two regional park reserves in communities from Bowen Island to Maple Ridge.Metro Vancouver's Regional Parks continue to grow in popularity, with approximately 12 million visits recorded every year. In 2019, Metro Vancouver increased the Regional Parks Land Acquisition Fund to ensure it can acquire land to provide access to nature for the growing population. The purchases of tracts of forested land for park enhancements also supports Metro Vancouver's Climate Action Plan through the conservation of large amounts of stored carbon.Media Resources:High quality footage of Kanaka Creek Regional Park: Preview  / DownloadKanaka Creek Regional Park Acquisitions Map More Information:Regional Parks Annual Report 2019 The 2019 Regional Parks Annual Report provides an overview of regional parks' visitor and facility use, programming, volunteering and activities in 2019.