JENNIFER LANG PHOTO A spray park

JENNIFER LANG PHOTO A spray park

Surrey’s Hazelgrove Park officially opens this Saturday

From a splash pad to parkour, East Clayton's largest park is packed with amenities the public asked for

Hazelgrove Park will officially open this Saturday, setting a new benchmark for neighbourhood parks in the City of Surrey.

With a water spray park, tennis courts, a grass soccer field, basketball court, and playground, there’s a lot packed into its 3.5 hectares (8.6) acres that will appeal to East Clayton residents of all ages. That’s by design – the community was involved in the planning and design process for Hazelgrove Park, located at 7080 190 Street, between 190 and 191 Street.

Nestled between the Clayton Reservoir and City of Surrey pump station and Hazelgrove Elementary, the park boasts other well-rounded amenities, including a running track, open green spaces and a walking path around an existing grove of trees, plus a parking lot and washrooms.

There’s even a parkour course for urban obstacle runners – Surrey’s first.

Opening day (June 25) is also Park Play Palooza, the annual kick off to the city’s free summer program for kids, and includes a ribbon cutting with Mayor Linda Hepner (12 p.m.) and unveiling of Water Guardians, a public artwork by Musqueam artist Susan Point.http://webpapersadmin.bcnewsgroup.com/portals/uploads/cloverdale/.DIR288/wSusanPointartworkHazelgrove.jpg

Point’s Water Guardians is a giant red aluminum umbrella with Coast Salish-style frogs in pierced metalwork. It playfully interprets the theme of water and the design of the park, which will use an undulating water channel fitted with natural plantings called a bioswale to collect and filter water runoff from the play surfaces and parking lot.

The grand opening runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special activities include face painting, wall-climbing, live music, and a chance to meet Park Play staff.

The original timeline for Hazelgrove Park called for a summer 2015 opening, with 2016 penciled in for the opening of the sports field, so residents have been waiting a long time.

Neighbours can look forward to future additions in terms of public amenities in the area, when Metro Vancouver’s Clayton Reservoir project gets underway, starting this fall.

The existing water tank is aging and needs to be replaced. The new reservoir walls will have a 3-D wave pattern, public seating, and a multi-use, shared access road for walking and biking.

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