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Earlier in the year we got a chance to hear about the plans for Forsyth Park, a new project supported by TD in the municipality of Surrey. We visited the site of the park before construction commenced, and were reminded of the land we used to play on as kids - fields of golden grass, patches of daisies, towering cedars and Douglas firs, with boulders to hide behind and logs to hop on. We love parks, especially ones that inspire the use of a child’s imagination and free play, where kids can roam and build forts like we used to do. The goal of Forsyth Park was very much aligned with what’s important to us; to create a hub for the community, bringing life, fun, and a touch of wilderness into an urbanized city centre. The nature play area was funded by TD with a generous $500,000 donation in order to recognize Canada’s 150th, and to create a legacy of green spaces across Canada for communities to enjoy.
Forsyth Park is the first of ten new parks planned for the city of Surrey, and we were so excited to see the project come to fruition this fall. And oh did it live up to our expectations! The park features an incredible playground with wood play structures, climbing apparatuses, swings, slides, a teeter totter, and more. There are two off leash dog areas, one for small dogs and one for large, and walkways and picnic spaces for everyone to enjoy some outdoor time. When you enter the park, there is an awesome old canoe that you can sit in, perched on what looks like a stream, and we can only imagine the stories children will make up when playing here. In the forested area we found the remnants of a tree fort that someone had made, and we couldn’t help but sit inside. This natural parkland is 7.5 acres in total with a mix of open meadow and second growth forest, with 1.5 acres dedicated to the nature play space for children. We can already tell that TD has succeeded in what they set out to do: to create a park whose positive impact will last for generations.