Large crowds of Surrey residents spent Saturday morning and afternoon at Tynehead Regional Park to celebrate nature and help with the renewal of the salmon population at the Great Salmon Run. This family friendly event reached its goals to: increase community awareness and participation, support Surrey’s volunteer organizations, and spark the public’s interest to care for local watersheds. The Great Salmon Run also gave all generations a chance to get active and promote a healthy way of life.
Hundreds of Surrey citizens of all ages and physical abilities participated in either a 5km run/stroll or an 8km watershed mixed trail experience, while children had the option of the 300m Dash n’ Splash.
It was amazing to watch everyone running, walking and supporting each other on the Tynehead trails to the finish line. The kids competing in the Dash n’ Splash fully enjoyed the park trails too. Many of them had the help of their parents or older siblings to reach the finish line, and while I watched, I was reminded of Surrey’s slogan: The Future Lives Here. Generations working together to build a better future in cooperation with nature.
It was beautiful sight to stand at the shore of the Serpentine River and watch little hands carrying buckets filled with water and small playful salmon.
The children carefully released the salmon with the knowledge that they will grow into big, strong, and colourful BC Salmon.
Some of the children could not resist the urge to touch the salmon while asking many questions about the future life of the fish not only in the Serpentine River, but also in rivers and oceans in BC and all over the world.
Participants put shovels and wheelbarrows to use in an effort to replant trees and bushes along the Serpentine River shores, establishing another extension of the Tynehead Regional Park forest.
Participants and guests were honoured and greeted by acting mayor Councillor Mary Martin and colleague Councillor Bruce Hayne. Councillor Barinder Rasode, an active athlete and marathon runner, participated in the 5k run.
Race winners were awarded with medals and others with hats, t-shirts and memorabilia donated by the City and sponsors. The participants in the Dash n’ Splash each received a special ribbon as a token of their effort and hard work. There were great memories made at this event on a beautiful Spring (almost summer-like) day.
If you are looking for a nature outing, stroll the beautiful trails in Tynehead Regional Park, and don’t forget to visit the hatchery to learn more about our BC Salmon.