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April 25, 2007
Mayor Don MacLean, City of Pitt Meadows and Gayle Martin, GVRD Parks Committee Chair, along with other dignitaries including representatives from the Katzie First Nation, were joined by cyclists, hikers, outdoor enthusiasts, and members of the farming community in celebrating the opening of the first phase of the Pitt River Regional Greenway on Saturday, April 21, 2007.
The occasion was marked by the unveiling of a commemorative plaque and a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Activities also included interpretative walks and recreational events hosted by the GVRD, City of Pitt Meadows, and Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services, offering visitors a glimpse of what the greenway has to offer.“It’s been an exciting day and an ongoing tradition for Pitt Meadows to provide hiking, walking, cycling, and other recreational opportunities for our citizens and visitors,” said Mayor MacLean, “Balancing the mix of urban amenities and maintaining the feel of a small town has been a challenge. It’s appropriate that in this, the year we become a city, we open new park space.”
GVRD has been working with the City of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services since 1996 to develop the Pitt River Regional Greenway.
“Greenways help to protect greenspace and promote healthy lifestyles,” stated Councilor Martin, “GVRD is working with municipal and community partners to develop greenway corridors throughout the region. Today’s opening of the first phase of the Pitt River Regional Greenway is a significant addition to the regional parks system and a wonderful milestone to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of regional parks.”
The Pitt River Regional Greenway is both a recreational and an environmental greenway. So far, the GVRD has protected 37 hectares of environmentally sensitive foreshore in addition to providing public access for recreation along the dyke. Community partners have contributed to improving access along the dyke including a pedestrian tunnel under the floatplane ramp at the Pitt River Regional Airport which opened in 2005.
The GVRD will operate the greenway and the City of Pitt Meadows will be responsible for dyke maintenance. Once complete, this greenway will stretch 31 kilometres from Harris Landing to Grant Narrows Regional Park, connecting a network of municipal trails, the Trans Canada Trail, the new Pitt River Bridge and the Golden Ears Bridge.
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For more information contact:
GVRD Parks East Area Manager
City of Pitt Meadows
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