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Rendering of Nicomekl Riverfront Park Phase 1 Design

Thank you for your input!

The concept design for phase 1 of the park is now completed. On Monday November 20, 2023, Council approved the final concept plan for the Nicomekl Riverfront Park Phase 1 Hadden Mill and Oxbow Zones.

The detail design is underway to develop construction blueprints.

Read the engagement summary.

View the final concept plan.





We are excited to show you the design of Phase 1 of the Nicomekl Riverfront Park. Phase 1 has two large park spaces, the Hadden Mill and Oxbow zones, located on either side of King George Boulevard.

PDF cover design for discussion guide

View the discussion guide to learn more. The guide shows the draft concept plan and diagrams about park spaces, trails, entrances, flooding, habitat types, and nature-based infrastructure elements.




A Park for People, Wildlife and Water

Surrey has over 800 parks and one park is uniquely adapting to climate change by making room for the river: the future Nicomekl Riverfront Park. Located on the south side of the Nicomekl River in South Surrey, this 3km linear park will extend from Elgin Rd to 40th Ave. 80 acres in size, the future nature park will be 14 times larger than Crescent Beach Park.

This is a big park with a big impact and it will take time to do it right.

Designing and constructing an 80-acre nature park along one of Surrey’s major river systems is complex and innovative project with numerous long-term benefits.

The park will be built in 3 phases. We are currently designing phase 1, the Hadden Mill and Oxbow zones.

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Based on Surrey's Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy, the park will turn planning into action to address sea level rise and coastal flooding.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund.

Goals

With your feedback (thank you!) we completed the Park Management Plan and it was adopted by Council in spring 2020. The plan is a guiding document for the design and construction of the park. See the plan and supporting documents in the Planning Documents (right).

While designing Phase 1, we updated the goals from the Park Management Plan. These goals are:

  • Centering Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, and Katzie values, ways of doing and knowing
  • Reconnecting with land and water
  • Celebrating the river
  • Learning and cultural exchange
  • Sustaining all forms of life
  • Adapting to a changing climate




Territory Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Surrey and the Nicomekl Riverfront Park are on the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓wɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), and səmyámə (Semiahmoo) land-based Nations. The parkland is also the traditional territory of the Snokomish peoples, a Nation decimated by smallpox. We are uninvited guests on this land.

– The Nicomekl Riverfront Park Project Team

Read our territory acknowledgement

Rendering of Nicomekl Riverfront Park Phase 1 Design

Thank you for your input!

The concept design for phase 1 of the park is now completed. On Monday November 20, 2023, Council approved the final concept plan for the Nicomekl Riverfront Park Phase 1 Hadden Mill and Oxbow Zones.

The detail design is underway to develop construction blueprints.

Read the engagement summary.

View the final concept plan.





We are excited to show you the design of Phase 1 of the Nicomekl Riverfront Park. Phase 1 has two large park spaces, the Hadden Mill and Oxbow zones, located on either side of King George Boulevard.

PDF cover design for discussion guide

View the discussion guide to learn more. The guide shows the draft concept plan and diagrams about park spaces, trails, entrances, flooding, habitat types, and nature-based infrastructure elements.




A Park for People, Wildlife and Water

Surrey has over 800 parks and one park is uniquely adapting to climate change by making room for the river: the future Nicomekl Riverfront Park. Located on the south side of the Nicomekl River in South Surrey, this 3km linear park will extend from Elgin Rd to 40th Ave. 80 acres in size, the future nature park will be 14 times larger than Crescent Beach Park.

This is a big park with a big impact and it will take time to do it right.

Designing and constructing an 80-acre nature park along one of Surrey’s major river systems is complex and innovative project with numerous long-term benefits.

The park will be built in 3 phases. We are currently designing phase 1, the Hadden Mill and Oxbow zones.

map with phases for nicomekl riverfront park


Based on Surrey's Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy, the park will turn planning into action to address sea level rise and coastal flooding.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund.

Goals

With your feedback (thank you!) we completed the Park Management Plan and it was adopted by Council in spring 2020. The plan is a guiding document for the design and construction of the park. See the plan and supporting documents in the Planning Documents (right).

While designing Phase 1, we updated the goals from the Park Management Plan. These goals are:

  • Centering Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, and Katzie values, ways of doing and knowing
  • Reconnecting with land and water
  • Celebrating the river
  • Learning and cultural exchange
  • Sustaining all forms of life
  • Adapting to a changing climate




Territory Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Surrey and the Nicomekl Riverfront Park are on the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓wɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), and səmyámə (Semiahmoo) land-based Nations. The parkland is also the traditional territory of the Snokomish peoples, a Nation decimated by smallpox. We are uninvited guests on this land.

– The Nicomekl Riverfront Park Project Team

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    On Monday November 20, Council approved the final concept plan for the Nicomekl Riverfront Park Phase 1 Hadden Mill and Oxbow Zones.

  • Help finalize the design for the new Nicomekl Riverfront Park

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    City seeks public feedback on phase one design of Surrey’s new 3km riverfront park.

    June 15, 2023

    Surrey, B.C. – The City of Surrey is seeking community input on the proposed design for a new 3km linear park planned along the Nicomekl River. Residents, user groups, stewards, First Nations and other interested parties are invited to provide feedback on the project by attending an open house happening on Tuesday, June 20 at Elgin Hall from 5p.m. to 7p.m. or by taking the online survey, which closes on July 14.

    “We are really excited to share the design of the new Nicomekl Riverfront Park with the community,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “By using low impact construction techniques, this new park is designed with an eco-friendly approach in order to preserve sensitive plants, trees and wildlife. Once completed, the Nicomekl Riverfront Park will have new trails, kayak and canoe docks, a playground, and viewpoints for all to enjoy.”

    The project is being developed in three phases. The City of Surrey is currently gathering feedback on the design for phase one, the largest area (24 acres) of the project, known as the Hadden Mill and Oxbow zones, located on either side of King George Boulevard. Feedback gathered will help finalize the phase one concept plan and initiate the construction phase of the project. This is the final round of engagement for phase one of the project.

    Indigenous Coast Salish culture, history, stories, and art will be present in multiple locations throughout the park. Artists from Semiahmoo and Kwantlen First Nations are developing cultural pieces and advising on the park design. This cultural work will create opportunities for reconnection with this land, and for all peoples to learn about Coast Salish history and culture.

    The project is one of Surrey’s 13 projects to be partially funded through the Government of Canada’s Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF). The project was also approved in the City’s 2021 Five-Year (2021-2025) Capital Financial Plan.

    The new Nicomekl Riverfront Park will be part of the network of over 800 parks managed by the City of Surrey. 600 parks prioritize protecting natural areas, open space, and biodiversity as part of the larger green infrastructure network and over 200 parks feature active amenities such as sports fields, sport courts, playgrounds, community gardens, picnic areas.

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  • See the Phase 1 design and get ready to tell us what you think!

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    Read the discussion guide to see the design of the Hadden Mill & Oxbow zones (Phase 1). Get ready to take the online survey (June 14-July 14) and attend the public open house (June 20). Your input matters – it will help us finalize the park concept plan in late summer. Construction drawings, permits, and construction will follow.

    The discussion guide shows the draft concept plan and diagrams about park spaces, trails, entrances, flooding, habitat types, and nature-based infrastructure elements.


  • Concept Design Underway for First Phase of Surrey’s New 3KM Riverfront Park

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    September 29, 2022, Surrey, BC

    The City of Surrey has released an update on the development of the concept design of phase one of the new Nicomekl Riverfront Park in preparation for a public engagement campaign planned in early 2023. The report provides residents with information on what has been completed to date, what is happening next, the site’s history and significance and the principles and rationale being used to plan and design the park. A more detailed update, including drawings and renderings, will be released closer to the date of the public engagement in 2023.

    “We are pleased with the progress being made on the design of the first phase of the Nicomekl Riverfront Park,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Designing and constructing an 80-acre park, along one of Surrey’s major river systems, is complex and innovative work and will take time to do it right. When complete, the park will provide residents with increased recreational amenities like trails, kayak and canoe launches, a playground and viewpoints. It will also protect the environment, support wildlife habitat and help Surrey adapt to climate change and sea level rise.”

    The project is being developed in three phases. The City is currently working on the detailed designs for phase one, the largest area (24 acres) of the project, known as the Hadden Mill and Oxbow zones, which are located on either side of King George Boulevard. Once complete, the design concept plan and drawings will be presented to the community for input in early 2023.

    Weaving together ecology, culture and recreation, the park will stretch from Elgin Road to 40 Avenue. Comprised of sensitive ecosystems, the area is historically and culturally significant and it will be designed to accommodate sea level rise and flooding. When complete, Nicomekl Riverfront Park will be 14 times larger than Crescent Beach Park in Surrey.

    The project is one of 13 Surrey project components to be partially funded through the Government of Canada’s Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF). The project was also approved in the City’s 2021 Five-Year (2021-2025) Capital Financial Plan.

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  • Nicomekl Dog Off-Leash Area is Open

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    The Nicomekl Dog Off-Leash Area (3435 150 St) is complete.

    With around 1 acre of fenced open space, this new Dog Off-Leash area will be accessible from the multi-use pathway which connects to Barbara Creek Park and the Rosemary Heights West and King George Corridor neighbourhoods. Note that it will offer the same area for dogs of different sizes.

    Explore the other dog off-leash parks across Surrey.

    There is no parking at the dog park. Walking to the dog park is encouraged.

  • City Awards Design Contract for Phase One of Nicomekl Riverfront Park

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    July 29, 2021, Surrey, BC

    The City of Surrey awards the contract for the design services for phase one of the Nicomekl Riverfront Park to a multidisciplinary consulting team led by space2place design inc. Phase one includes the development of the Hadden Mill and Oxbow zones, which are on the south side of the Nicomekl River adjacent to King George Boulevard.

    The Nicomekl Riverfront Park is a park for the future. It will be developed over multiple years as a multi-phased project. When complete, it will be a 3km long, 80-acre riverfront park incorporating ecology, heritage, public art, recreation, infrastructure and innovative adaptations to climate change and sea level rise.

    The Nicomekl Riverfront Park is also one of 13 Surrey project components to be partially funded through the Government of Canada’s Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF), a program to help communities build the infrastructure they need to better withstand natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, earthquakes and droughts. In 2019, the City secured $76.6 million in federal funding to supplement a series of projects to reduce Surrey’s coastal flood risk and adapt to sea level rise. $4 million has been allocated to the Nicomekl Riverfront Park project.

    “As part of our collective actions against climate change, it is important that we invest to protect communities from extreme weather conditions, such as flooding and other natural hazards,” said the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “The Nicomekl Riverfront Park is a great solution to increasing Surrey’s resilience to flooding while also enhancing the area’s unique ecological features in response to the aspirations expressed through public consultations in 2018 and 2019 by local residents and First Nations. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates good jobs across Canada, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

    “Nicomekl Riverfront Park will provide Surrey residents with increased opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy nature while enhancing ecology and habitat connectivity and also addressing the impacts of sea level rise and climate change,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “By investing in nature-based green infrastructure now, we are protecting our community, economy and environments from future flood risks. We thank the Government of Canada and the many partners who are supporting this important project.”

    To learn more about the City of Surrey’s Nicomekl Riverfront Park project visit surrey.ca/nicomeklpark.

    For more information on federal infrastructure funding, visit: infrastructure.gc.ca.

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  • Surrey’s Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy Honoured with Two National Awards

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    October 1, 2020, Surrey, BC

    Surrey's Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy received national recognition from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) and the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) for excellence in environmental planning. The City is taking action on this award-winning strategy with 13 projects funded in part by the Government of Canada, including the Nicomekl Riverfront Park.

    “Our CFAS plan is making historic investments to protect and improve the environment and natural infrastructure our residents depend on,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “These awards demonstrate our unwavering commitment to building Surrey’s resilience to coastal flooding and sea level rise, further protecting our communities, economy and environment.”

    The City was presented the 2020 CAMA Environment Award, in the 100,000+ population category, during the Virtual Awards of Excellence Ceremony held on October 1, 2020. CAMA’s Environment Award recognizes the commitment of environmentally sustainable governance in combating climate change. Surrey’s CFAS was honoured for making a positive impact on the environment by presenting innovative nature-based solutions to flood control and prioritizing the environment as a key value in the decision-making process in developing the strategy.

    This award follows recognition from the Canadian Institute of Planners’ awards on July 8, 2020, with CFAS receiving the Award of Merit for Planning Excellence for Climate Change Planning. Honouring planning projects on their excellence, innovation, impact on the profession and implementation potential, CFAS was praised for developing actions with a comprehensive, community-driven approach. The jury highlighted Surrey’s method in engaging citizens and stakeholders using a range of innovative planning techniques to help increase understanding of technically complex challenges.

    The City is taking action on this award-winning strategy with 13 projects funded in part by the Government of Canada. Learn more at surrey.ca/coastaltakingaction.

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  • Nicomekl Riverfront Park Management Plan wins a Gold Award from the Planning Institute of British Columbia

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    June 25, 2020, Surrey, BC

    The Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) has awarded Surrey’s Nicomekl Riverfront Park Management Plan with the 2020 Gold Award for Excellence in Planning Practice for a City & Urban Area. The PIBC awards are presented annually in recognition of the professional planning work and accomplishments of members across British Columbia and Yukon.

    “The City of Surrey is committed to creating a healthy, green, and inclusive community for our residents and we are honoured to receive this award from the Planning institute of British Columbia,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Improving the quality of life for our residents through visionary parks, recreation and culture planning is a continual work in progress and we are always working on how we can better improve on this front.”

    The Nicomekl Riverfront Park Management Plan is a bold, adaptive management plan for a unique collage of riverfront parkland in Surrey. Combining numerous disciplines and strategies, it sets the vision and future for a resilient, diverse and collaborative gem in the overall City park network.

    The plan balances biodiversity, ecological protection and enhancement with public access to, along and on the river while integrating public art, heritage, recreation, education and Indigenous stories throughout. The plan is a long-range vision for the riverfront and designed to be a living document throughout all phases of park planning, design, construction and management.

    The Nicomekl Riverfront Park is one of the 13 Disaster, Adaptation & Mitigation (DMAF) projects to reduce Surrey’s vulnerability to coastal flooding and increase community resilience, safety and health, partially funded by the Government of Canada.

    Detailed design of the riverfront park is commencing with construction anticipated to begin in 2023.

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  • Canada helps protect Surrey from disastrous impacts of flooding

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    May 24, 2019, Surrey, BC

    Now more than ever, communities need help adapting to the frequent and intensifying weather events caused by climate change. Reducing the impact of natural disasters such as flooding is critical to keeping Canadian families safe, protecting local businesses and supporting a strong economy and the middle class.

    Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced funding to support a number of initiatives to safeguard the cities of Surrey and Delta and the Semiahmoo First Nation from the potentially disastrous impacts of coastal flooding.

    The investment of over $76 million through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund will allow the regional governments, in partnership with the Semiahmoo First Nation, to implement a comprehensive flood adaptation strategy that will increase resilience for over 125,000 residents who are at high risk of coastal flooding, and provide significant long-term savings on recovery and replacement costs.

    Key components of the project include replacing the aging Nicomekl and Serpentine sea dams, upgrading 7.5 kilometres of the Colebrook dyke, establishing a riverfront park on the Nicomekl River with natural flood-attenuating features, installing 1.5 new kilometres of storm sewers, upgrading two pump stations and building two new “living dykes”.

    Other work will be carried out including innovative nature based solutions developed through collaboration such as foreshore enhancements in the City of Delta, upgrades to Mud Bay Park and building a new park on the Nicomekl River to help control and disperse flood waters, while safeguarding the health of the Pacific Flyway and marine environment. These natural areas link with transportation upgrades such as raising 152nd Street to make it more flood resilient, and replacing the bridges over the Nicomekl River and the Little Campbell River.

    Once complete, these projects will significantly increase the region’s resiliency to flooding and provide residents with peace of mind knowing their community can continue to thrive through any situation.


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    “The Government of Canada is proud to support this comprehensive strategy to build flood resilience on the Semihmoo First Nation and in the communities of Surrey and Delta. Investing today will reduce future recovery costs and prevent critical infrastructure failures. These investments create good, well-paying middle class jobs, and set the stage for long-term economic growth that benefits everyone.”

    The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility on behalf of The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities


    “Extreme weather is becoming more severe, more frequent, more damaging and more expensive because of climate change. By investing in the infrastructure that protects our neighbourhoods, businesses, and families, we are building communities that can withstand future natural disasters and thrive for generations to come.”

    The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety


    “Our government is committed to investing in projects that support a more strategic and sustainable approach to planning, building and maintaining public infrastructure in response to the impacts of climate change. Working together with our regional and First Nations partners, we are finding ways to keep people and their properties safe. This flood adaptation strategy will increase resilience and help build for the future.”

    Gordie Hogg, Member of Parliament for South Surrey—White Rock


    “With 20% of Surrey’s land within the coastal floodplain area, it is vital that we take action now. I want to thank the Federal Government for the significant investment they have made today in helping us fight climate change. As a result of this new funding, the City of Surrey along with all of our partners will be able to increase and enhance the work we are doing to protect our coastal areas from flooding and other natural hazards.

    Mayor Doug McCallum, City of Surrey


    Quick facts

    • The Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) is a $2-billion, 10-year program to help communities build the infrastructure they need to better withstand natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, earthquakes and droughts.
    • DMAF is part of the federal government’s Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, which is providing more than $180 billion over 12 years for public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and rural and northern communities
    • Investing in green infrastructure that helps communities cope with the intensifying effects of climate change is an integral part of Canada’s transition to a more resilient, low-carbon economy, which is among the commitments made under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
    • Budget 2019, Investing in the Middle Class, is the federal government’s plan to create more well-paying jobs, put home ownership within reach for more Canadians, help working people get the training they need to succeed, support seniors and lay the foundation for national pharmacare.
    • With many municipalities across Canada facing serious infrastructure deficits, Budget 2019 includes a one-time top-up of $2.2 billion to the federal Gas Tax Fund to help address short-term priorities in municipalities and First Nations communities.
    • Budget 2019 builds on the Investing in Canada Plan, under which the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in community infrastructure across the country.


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  • Rising Tides are Predictable, and the City of Surrey isn’t Waiting

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    February 22, 2018, Surrey, BC

    With global sea levels rising, coastal communities like Surrey face a significant challenge. While the coastal flooding threat is not imminent, it is predicted that the sea level will rise by one metre in 2100, and two metres by 2200, which is why the time to plan is now. Surrey has taken a leading position to proactively advance efforts aimed at increasing community resiliency, safety and health.

    The City of Surrey’s Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy (CFAS) is a participatory, community-driven planning approach to exploring the impacts of climate change on Surrey’s coastline, and the long-term adaption options available to the City.

    “The complexity and cost of coastal flood protection issues are significant,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “By getting ahead of the issue, and setting a direction now for where we want to be in 100 years, we are positioning Surrey to make smarter investments in the protection of residential neighbourhoods, businesses, significant habitat areas and provincially critical infrastructure.”

    Following a year-long consultation to understand community values and concerns, the 3 year project is now completing its 3rd Phase where several options are being evaluated on technical, social, cultural and ecological criteria. Next, a small number of robust, broadly supported adaptation strategies will be refined based on cost, funding and partnerships.

    The latest work being done with CFAS examines the potential solutions for Mud Bay. A public survey and further round of engagement which will inform the Project’s final recommendations is now being launched to obtain feedback on a range of options from a mega engineering project to managed retreat. The public is encouraged to participate and contribute their ideas by completing the following survey.

    Today, the City of Surrey manages the largest flood control system (dykes and sea dams) in British Columbia. However, these historic drainage controls were not designed to protect its coastline from the forecasted climate change.

    Learn more about the City of Surrey’s Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy.

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