City of Surrey’s Manager of Parks, Neal Aven, accepts the BCRPA Excellence Award for Forsyth Park along with the parks planning team, Mickella Sjoquist, Ted Uhrich and Tim Neufeld.
Surrey, BC | On May 2, 2019 the City of Surrey was honoured at the 2019 British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) Excellence Awards, winning two awards in recreation and parks leadership. The awards ceremony, held in Whistler, B.C., recognizes innovation and service excellence that enhances the quality of life for British Columbians though the power of recreation and parks.
“The City of Surrey is committed in its vision of creating a healthy, green, and inclusive community for our residents and all who use our parks and recreational facilities,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “We are honoured to receive these awards from the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association. Never to rest on our laurels, we will always be looking for opportunities to improve the quality of life for our residents through our parks and recreation programs.
Surrey’s MYzone afterschool drop-in program was recognized with the prestigious award for excellence in fostering healthy child development and community connectedness. MYzone is a drop-in program provided to children during the critical after school hours to create safe, affordable and high-quality programming for children, aged eight to 12. BCRPA noted that the city’s commitment to extensive public consultation for the MYzone program was considered for the award, which resulted in growing the program from pilot project to permanent program, aligning with Surrey’s ten-year strategic plan.
The Forsyth Park transformation project was also recognized and awarded at the ceremony, celebrating the city’s work in transforming the 7.5 acres of unused parkland, to a social destination that attracts and brings together the whole community. In late 2017, the new Forsyth Park was formally unveiled, which includes the TD Nature Play Area and off-leash dog park, creating an area to be enjoyed by Surrey families for years to come.