Arts & Culture

Moana inaugurates Richmond's newest park

By Lorraine Graves

Published 1:42 PDT, Fri July 6, 2018

Aberdeen Park, our city’s newest park officially opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19 with a free showing of the movie Moana at 8 p.m. in the open air. To add to the festive air, there will also be children’s entertainment and local food trucks.

“This public celebration highlights this new park located in the emerging Capstan Village area in the heart of Richmond City Centre and the City’s continued commitment to providing green space in urban areas,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

According to the City of Richmond spokesperson, Ted Townsesnd, “Key features of the newly developed Aberdeen Park, located at 8331 Cambie Road, include an off leash dog park, two water features, a new plaza, site furnishings and lighting, upgraded utilities, public art, a hill 20 feet high, concrete pathways, new trees, shrubs and groundcover. Phase 2 of the project will include a children’s playground and a cultural exchange garden.”

Located at 8331 Cambie Road one block, a five-minute walk from the Aberdeen Centre Skytrain station, the new 4.1 acre park has limited parking so the city suggests park-goers plan their trip accordingly. They also suggest people remember to bring blankets to keep warm. As the sunsets, the breezes from the water can be quite cool.

Townsend says, “This park will function both as a neighbourhood green space that provides contrast and relief from the busy urban realm, and as a vital and attractive square for public gatherings and community activities.”

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