Celebrating Canada’s 150: Exploring Our Nature in Maple Ridge
In 2017, Canada marks its 150th anniversary of Confederation and the celebration is also an opportunity to recognize the deep connection and long history of First Nations on their traditional territories. Maple Ridge’s celebrations are based on the theme, “Exploring Our Nature”, which will look into our Canadian connection with the landscape, neighbourhoods, physical movement, natural history and the people in our communities. These free activities will take place throughout the year and everyone is encouraged to participate. A preview and description of the City of Maple Ridge’s Canada 150 events, projects and programs is below. For a full list of community-organized events taking place in Maple Ridge or to submit your own Canada 150 event, visit the Community Calendar.
Community Heritage Commission Geocaches
The Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission has established seven geocaches through out the community to develop awareness of Maple Ridge’s history and heritage. Geocaching combines the excitement of a treasure hunt, the outdoor fun and exercise of a hike and the wonder of GPS technology and is a great way for families to get outside. Canada 150 Geocaching Brochure
Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Projects
The City of Maple Ridge was awarded $500,000 in Government of Canada funding for an infrastructure rehabilitation project through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The Federal program grant fund, in addition to the City’s capital fund, will be used to convert one under-utilized full-sized gravel soccer field into an artificial surface at Merkley Park which would allow for unlimited play and practice to support youth development in soccer, football, rugby and lacrosse. The objective of the program is to strengthen public infrastructure and provide economic benefits in communities across Canada. This artificial sports field should be completed by winter 2017.