Nine-year-old Alex Dunbrack gave the new park on Wharf Street two thumbs up.
She was out this past Tuesday afternoon at the small waterfront park at the foot of Hazelwood Street in Hammond enjoying the afternoon sun.
“It’s fun to play in,” Alex said.
The District of Maple Ridge will hold an official opening ceremony later.
But Hammond residents are so happy that the park is open – giving a rare access point to the Fraser River – that they’re planning their own unofficial opening Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.
Hammond resident Debbie Hunt visits the park a couple times a day. She suffers from arthritis, so if she sits too long, she seizes up.
Her neighbours are used to seeing her walking up and down her block several times a day to keep herself limber, but now she has changed her route, and heads off to the park a couple of times a day.
“Now I have a destination,” she said. “I’ve walked here twice a day all week.”
The 700-metre lot, largely covered in blackberry brambles until this spring, cost under $150,000 to build. The original budget was for $239,000, but the bids that came in were much more "reasonable," according Syvia Pendl with parks and leisure services.
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