Metro Vancouver Regional Parks celebrate 50 yearsMetro Vancouver Regional Parks celebrate 50 years<div class="ExternalClassB62ADD8C704547C4A3073E2709273604"><p>Metro Vancouver launched a year-long 50th celebration of its Regional Parks system with a ribbon-cutting and unveiling of its Regional Parks Passport at Burnaby Lake Regional Park on March 15.</p><p>The celebration, intended to showcase and celebrate the region’s 14,500-hectare network of parks and greenways, included representatives from the City of Burnaby, the Regional Parks Committee, Pacific Parklands Foundation and identified ‘park champions.’ These included Rick Hankin (Pacific Parkland Foundation), Jude Grass (Campbell Valley Park Association), Lawrence Brown (Pacific Spirit Park Society), Joseph Lin (Green Club) and Bob Gunn (Catching the Spirit Youth Society).</p><p>The anniversary campaign will help tell the story of Metro Vancouver’s regional parks system, with the use of <strong>Regional Parks Passport</strong> that’s aimed at encouraging residents to discover new beaches, forests, rivers, trails and wetlands. The soft-cover booklet lists public events, and includes fun facts about the history, wildlife and notable features of each regional park. A virtual passport app is also available by downloading ‘<strong>MVPassport</strong>’ on iTunes and Google Play. </p><p>Visitors can use either passport to collect stamps at 18 Regional Parks’ events to earn commemorative stickers, crests or pins and a chance to win prizes.</p><p>For information about events, videos, stories and merchandise, visit <a href="/" target="_blank"> www.metrovancouver.org</a> and search ‘Celebrate Parks’. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu30-parks.jpg2017-03-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#4bfff573-f035-496d-a2db-b90f29d95f52;L0|#04bfff573-f035-496d-a2db-b90f29d95f52|Issue 30;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass67E7C893EF204A74ACB9D8605B9B320C"><p>​Metro Vancouver launched its year-long 50th celebration of its Regional Parks system with a ribbon-cutting and unveiling of its Regional Parks Passport at Burnaby Lake Regional Park on March 15.</p></div>0