Generous Bequest Benefits Stewardship of Regional Parks Generous Bequest Benefits Stewardship of Regional Parks <div class="ExternalClassFEDF97F083814EFBBD8DC7C6F6AD44F2"><p>The late Mr. Ross’s gift will ensure that future generations enjoy our Regional Parks as he did.</p><p>His generosity will fill a $300,000 funding gap for the Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre project, and the remaining $2.5 million will create the George Ross Legacy Stewardship Program to be administered by the <a href="" target="_blank">Pacific Parklands Foundation</a>, which is dedicated to raising funds for Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. Annual interest of $50,000 to $60,000 from the endowment will fund hands-on stewardship activities by our partners in Regional Parks.</p>   <p>Metro Vancouver Chair Greg Moore was joined at the bequest announcement ceremony by Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read, Director Heather Deal, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Parks Committee, Ross Davies, <a href="" target="_blank">Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society</a> (KEEPS) Education Coordinator, and David Pohl, President of the Pacific Parklands Foundation who encourages all park users and friends to think ahead as Mr. Ross did and leave a charitable bequest in their Will to benefit our Regional Parks for generations to come.</p><p>The Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre has been a dream of KEEPS, one of our Parks’ partners, for over a decade. Located in the 419-hectare <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/kanaka-creek-regional-park" target="_blank">Kanaka Creek Regional Park</a> in Maple Ridge, this key $1.1-million phase of construction will feature a multi-purpose classroom to be named the George Ross Learning Room, washrooms, a separate resource building, and roof-to-creek landscaping. These new elements complement the recently rebuilt <a href="" target="_blank">Bell-Irving Fish Hatchery</a>.</p> <p>Donations and charitable bequests made through the Pacific Parklands Foundation help to enhance our Regional Parks and fulfill community aspirations for accessible, healthy parkland and outdoor education. You can <a href="" target="_blank">donate or learn more</a> at the Foundation website.</p></div>|#2873430e-0486-4243-a1ac-91845421275c;L0|#02873430e-0486-4243-a1ac-91845421275c|Issue 7;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass30A4A0DCD6D44CBCA27181C266F4CEBD"><p>Long-time Burnaby resident George Ross so enjoyed walking forested trails that to show his appreciation for Metro Vancouver’s <a href="/services/parks/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Regional Parks</a> he left an extremely generous bequest of $2.8 million in his estate.</p></div>