Name that Popkum park

October 14, 2014

The trails are laid and the trees and shrubs have been planted. Now it’s time to come up with a name for the newest addition to the Cheam Lake Wetlands. On Saturday, October 18 at 10 am, the Fraser Valley Regional District will officially open the new community park located on Yale Road East in Popkum.

"This park is an amazing addition for our community. It not only provides a connection to the Cheam Wetlands, but it also provides people an opportunity to connect with one another," says Bill Dickey, director for Electoral Area D of the FVRD. "It’s the community’s park so they should be involved in naming it."

Located at 53335 Yale Road East, the park features a trail leading to a lookout over Cheam Lake, a community planted garden, and a bird and butterfly sanctuary. "We are extremely grateful to our funding partners, the Government of British Columbia and CN EcoConnexions

From the Ground Up for making this project a reality in the Fraser Valley Regional District," says Sharon Gaetz, Chair of the FVRD. "Our regional parks are already spectacular and this new addition in Popkum really highlights the wonderful assets we have in our region."

The new trail is one of six new trail segments to be completed in the community of Popkum. The regional district allocated $27,000 of its $114,567 grant that was provided by the Government of British Columbia. This grant was made available through Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development’s Community Recreation Program that assists local governments in meeting the costs of capital projects that make communities healthier, more active places in which to live.

"Trails encourage healthy living while showcasing the beauty of the Fraser Valley," said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness on behalf of Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. "The Province, through the Community Recreation Program, has supported 98 projects like this throughout BC, including bike parks, trails, fitness facilities and playgrounds to help British Columbians keep active and to make our province a great place to live, work and raise a family."

In addition to the provincial grant, the CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program provided $23,630 to enhance the environmental and social wellbeing of municipal properties along CN rail lines. CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up, with its partners Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom, help Canadian municipalities establish tree plantings in a sustainable,

environmentally responsible manner. Restoring riparian habitat, collaborative partnerships, and enhancement of green space to create a bird and butterfly sanctuary are key components of this project.

"CN is pleased to contribute to the projects that will provide environmental, health and social benefits to the communities" said Claude Mongeau, CN president and chief executive officer. "We are amazed by the projects submitted: the projects we’re seeing are outstanding for their scope and creativity. What is truly valuable is the connection being made between CN and these communities – we are proud to be working together for the wellbeing of the communities on our network."

In addition to the ‘Name the Park’ contest, visitors on Saturday will be able to participate in guided walks and build birdhouses for the sanctuary. FVRD staff will be available from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Parking is available on Yale Road, and carpooling is encouraged.