Surrey Bend Regional Park opens AprilSurrey Bend Regional Park opens April<div class="ExternalClassCF197C21E468451BB57FE30FA754C63E"><p>Metro Vancouver’s <a href="/services/parks/projects/parks-service-review/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter41&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">2014 Parks Service Review</a> is a good read for anyone interested in how we prioritize and protect ecologically sensitive areas in a region that is incurring enormous population growth now, and into the foreseeable future.</p><p>One section from the Executive Summary of the review reads,<em> ‘The overall purpose of Metro Vancouver's Regional Parks Service is to protect the regions important natural areas, and within the context of natural area protection, the service has a mandate to provide opportunities for Metro Vancouver’s growing and diverse population to connect with, enjoy, be active and learn about the regions environment.’</em></p><p>Surrey Bend Regional Park is set to open this spring in a <a href="/events/calendar/surrey/314/surrey-bend-grand-opening" target="_blank">celebration with the City of Surrey</a>. It is an ecologically sensitive landscape made up of a bog, wetlands and riparian habitats.</p><p>The City and Metro Vancouver acquired the land, at the north end of Surrey, on the Fraser River, in the mid ‘90’s, and it has not included formal public access until now.</p><p>Prior to conserving the land, a small portion was filled for an industrial development that did not proceed. Public access is mainly in previously disturbed areas, where you will now find trails, parking, educational signage, vistas of the Fraser River, washrooms, picnic areas, and outdoor classroom and shelters.</p><p>The great majority of the park is set aside to conserve large area of undyked land that is on the Fraser River. The park provides excellent wildlife habitat, and during recent years staff have seen cougars, bears and numerous species of birds. It provides overwintering habitat for salmon, through enhanced fish channels developed during construction of the Port Mann Bridge.</p><p>Starting this April, this park will provide the public with opportunities to connect with nature, learn about the importance of this landscape and to get active outdoors. Read more in the <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/SurreyBendManagementPlan2010-09-01.pdf" target="_blank">park’s management plan</a>.</p> </div>|#e476df54-c4cb-44e5-8d9e-50737c3824e7;L0|#0e476df54-c4cb-44e5-8d9e-50737c3824e7|Issue 17;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassE3017A197DD2410F87E7327A982B0D7B">If you live or travel through North Surrey, get ready to visit Surrey Bend Regional Park, opening this April. </div>0