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June 22,2004

DATE:  June 22, 2004
MEDIA CONTACT: Colleen Rohde, Director of Economic & Strategic Development
TEL:  604-469-4505

PORT MOODY – The City of Port Moody will be hosting a special groundbreaking ceremony for the Rocky Point Park redevelopment in conjunction with Canada Day ceremonies on July 1.

The Canada Day Ceremony will begin 10:00 a.m., followed by a Groundbreaking Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Birthday cake will be served after the ceremonies. The ceremonies will take place on the stage located near Rocky Point pool.

Mayor Joe Trasolini and other officials from the City of Port Moody, as well as MLA and Deputy Premier Christie Clark will be on hand for the Rocky Point Park redevelopment groundbreaking ceremony. Port Moody’s premiere waterfront park is undergoing a $3.3 million redevelopment, with $2M in funding from a BC/Canada ‘Community Infrastructure’ grant.

Port Moody’s oldest citizen, Nina Oliver, will also be on hand. Ms. Oliver will be celebrating her 107th birthday on July 1.

The significant rejuvenation of this popular waterfront park will include new playground and waterpark; installation of a plaza; a new picnic shelter and a new stage will be constructed. Existing buildings, such as the public washrooms, caretaker’s residence and community building will be removed and replaced with a new multi-purpose building. Pathways will be upgraded and drainage issues on the main lawn will be addressed. As well, the existing parking lot will be enhanced to include a drop off area and improved handicapped parking stalls.

The public is also invited to enjoy Golden Spike Days while at Rocky Point Park. The four-day event is running July 1 to 4 at Rocky Point Park and includes activities and rides for children, entertainment, Inlet tours, food and fun.

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