COS Spring 2017 Recreation Guide


From the giant second growth forest at Green Timbers Urban Forest, to the shoreline views at Blackie Spit Park, and the soccer fields, running track, nature trails and gardens at Bear Creek Park, you’ll discover something different to do and see at each of Surrey’s 200 parks every season. Parks in Surrey Volunteer! Celebrate spring by getting connected to your local park spaces as a volunteer. Visit to learn more about volunteering with the City. Volunteer To Activate Your Park! Surrey has hundreds of community parks, playgrounds, and gardens. Volunteer to keep them healthy, active spaces for all to enjoy! Make positive changes in your community and motivate others to keep our parks clean and beautiful. Join others in making a positive difference in our community by picking up litter, caring for a park bin, helping with a park beautification project, assisting at community events, and more. To find out which opportunity is right for you, and how to get started, email, call 604-501-5050, or visit to find out more! Volunteer To Care For Our Urban Forest! Surrey has over 75,000 street trees and over 3800 acres of natural areas. Volunteer to restore, enhance, and grow our urban forest! Eco educate and promote nature appreciation in our community. Opportunities include removing invasive plants, creating homes for wildlife, educating the public at environmental events, leading nature activities, and more. To find out which opportunity is right for you, and how to get started, email, call 604.501.5132, or visit to find out more!

Get Involved! Neighbourhood Toolkit Check out the City of Surrey’s new Neighbourhood Toolkit at for community building ideas! Here are some of the ways in which the City of Surrey empowers Surrey residents to build community: NEIGHBOURHOOD ENHANCEMENT GRANT Interested in improving your neighbourhood? Apply for the City’s Neighbourhood Enhancement Grant for financial support for your project! All Surrey residents, community groups, businesses and associations can apply. NEIGHBOURHOOD EVENT EQUIPMENT We can help make your next local community event a success! If you’re planning something like a block party, festival, outdoor music performance, neighbourhood clean-up or art jam, you can borrow a tent, tables, chairs, Block Party traffic barriers and even a portable sound system. The Neighbourhood Toolkit Team. Any questions, contact the Neighbourhood Team at or learn more at engagement. is a project of the City of Surrey’s Neighbourhood Drop in on Saturday afternoons and work alongside other nature lovers to help enhance habitat for wildlife and care for our urban forest. Get outside to remove invasive plants, plant trees and shrubs and more. Meet new people, earn volunteer hours, and give back to your community. Nature Work Parties are open to volunteers of all ages (parental supervision required for volunteers under 13 years of age). All tools, instructions, and refreshments provided. No application required, get started right away by contacting or call 604-501-5158 for dates and locations. Drop in to a Nature Work Party

Tree Planting Program Help grow the urban forest this April by planting a shade tree. Gather your neighbours, your class or community group and give us a call to make a request to plant trees in a park or on a boulevard near you! Releaf is free, and all equipment and instruction is provided. Due to the large size of the trees, children 10 and up are welcome. Or, drop in and join us at an all ages Neighborhood Tree Party on Wednesday evenings! To learn how to get involved, call us at 604-501-5158 or email us at Space is limited, so call early to reserve your spot! SYSS is a volunteer group for high school youth ages 13 - 17 who love nature and want to do their part to protect it. Our projects include removing invasive plants, planting native trees and shrubs, and raising environmental awareness in Surrey. Have ideas for environmental projects? Get involved with SYSS and make them happen. No application required, get started right away by contacting or call 604-591-4076. Lend-a-Hand Calling all elementary and secondary teachers! Teach your students about social responsibility and the value of volunteering by adopting a local park during the school year. This free parks program includes an interactive 30-minute orientation and all litter pick-up supplies. Join the Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad

To register your class, please call 604-501-5050, or email

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