News mentions in 2020 about Green Timbers: the park, the Green Timbers Urban Forest, the Green Timbers Square Mile, and nearby areas.




Gunfire exchanged between two speeding vehicles in Surrey: police

BY LISA STEACY, Posted Jan 9, 2020

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Police in Surrey have found shell-casings after closing an intersection near Green Timbers Park Thursday.

Mounties say they received calls about gunfire being exchanged between two speeding vehicles around 5:30 p.m. near 96th Avenue and 148th Street.


Shots fired near Green Timbers in Surrey, no immediate reports of injuries

BY SIMON LITTLE GLOBAL NEWS, Posted January 9, 2020

Traffic was closed from Green Timbers Way to 150 Street on 96 Avenue while police investigated, but has since reopened.




Surrey road survey says 92.9% of respondents drove own vehicle to work, only 1.8% walk

SBOT says ‘all major’ infrastructure projects should be planned ‘well in advance of increased demand’

LAUREN COLLINS, Feb. 7, 2020

In the survey, 92.9 per cent of respondents said they drove their own vehicle to work. That’s up from 81.3 per cent in 2018 and 87.1% in 2016, but it’s comparable to 92.6 per cent in 2017.

With that, only 1.8 per cent of respondents said they walked to work, which is down from 4.4 per cent in 2018.

Fifty-three per cent of respondents live and work in Surrey, which has “remained comparable to all levels since 2016.” However, 23.5 per cent work in Surrey, but live south of the Fraser. That’s comparable to data since 2016.

According to the survey, the top three corridors requiring attention are: arterial widening to five lanes on Fraser Highway between Whalley Boulevard, including through Green Timbers (52.2 per cent); South Surrey/Highway 99 interchanges at 24th, 32nd and 152nd Avenues (53.9 per cent); and widening 152nd street between 40th and 50th avenues (43.5 per cent).


Surrey road survey offers priorities for regional planning, road projects

Jennifer Saltman, February 7, 2020

Respondents want five lanes on Fraser Highway between Whalley Boulevard and 148th Street, including through Green Timbers Urban Forest…


Guided walk to Green Timbers Lake marks World Wetlands Day in Surrey

Feb. 1 event is open to participants 14 years and older

Jan. 30, 2020

Ducks Unlimited Canada, the City of Surrey, BC Wildlife Federation and Friends of Semiahmoo Bay will host a World Wetlands Day event Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Surrey Nature Centre, located in Green Timbers Park, 14225 Green Timbers Way, from 1-4 p.m.



COVID-19: Surrey city council approves plan for post-pandemic economic recovery

Among the plan’s key points are a 90-day extension on late payment penalties for residential and commercial property tax. The July 3 payment deadline has now been pushed to Oct. 1, 2020.

Jennifer Saltman, May 6, 2020

The Green Timbers housing facility will also accommodate another 130 people.

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Surrey loses ‘invaluable’ community leader

Peter Maarsman, 83, of Newton died of cancer on June 1

Tom Zytaruk Jun. 9, 2020

Surrey has lost a man who gave so much of his energy to this community.

Peter Maarsman, 83, died of cancer on June 1. It wasn’t a long fight – he only learned about it in April.

His contribution to this city was considerable. Maarsman served as president of the Foundation for the Coalition Against No-Fault in B.C., as executive director of the Surrey Crime Prevention Society, as president of the Green Timbers Heritage Society, and chairman of the Surrey Board of Trade, the latter being from 1994-95.


25 years of summer employment opportunities for youth that also help the environment

Rattan Mall, June 16, 2020

CITY of Surrey’s Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP) and Surrey’s Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP) are celebrating notable anniversaries in offering summer youth employment opportunities that build awareness and training in environmental stewardship.  Collectively, the programs have employed over 880 students, who have received training in environmental restoration practices such as removing invasive plants, installing instream complexing features in waterways, and planting.


Two new supportive housing buildings on way for Surrey, province announces

Construction on Guildford facility to begin in July; land identified in Newton for third project

BEAU SIMPSON, Jun. 10, 2020

Two more supportive housing projects will soon provide more than 100 rooms in Surrey for the homeless or those on the edge of homelessness, the province announced Wednesday morning.

The City of Surrey and the provincial government are also building a six-storey supportive housing facility in Green Timbers, a project that has been years in the making.

In May 2019, the city approved the 60-year lease with the province for the housing, which will include 100 supportive housing units and 30 transitional accommodation spaces. It will also include support services such as counselling, health and food services, laundry facilities, a dining lounge and recreation and outdoor open space.

RainCity Housing and Support Society plans to operate the Green Timbers Way Housing Facility, located north of the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre.

Construction began in November and is expected to be complete by late 2021.




14 beautiful lakes near Vancouver to visit this summer

Jul 24 2020

Green Timbers Lake

This lake in the heart of the Green Timbers Urban Forest in Surrey is a great spot for fishing and generously stocked with rainbow trout throughout the year. But you can also enjoy a myriad of trails in the surrounding area. No swimming permitted.

Where: About 45 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver, on 96 Avenue between Fraser Highway and 148 Street in Surrey


Tree falls across road in Surrey

Crews on scene to clear the debris


Crews were on scene at Fraser Highway and 96th Avenue on Thursday (Aug. 6) to clear the debris from a tree that fell across the road.




9 Free And Low-Cost Things To Do Outdoors In Surrey Before Summer Is Over

604 Now | @604now | August 21, 2020

Fishing & Bird Watching at Green Timbers

Nature lovers can head to Green Timbers Urban Forest for some much-needed time relaxing in the great outdoors. Spanning 226 hectares, this park is a popular spot for hiking and biking. It’s also a haven for bird watchers, with a serene lake in the middle that attracts a plethora of bird species to the area. The lake is also a great place to go fishing as it’s stocked full with rainbow trout.


Nesting birds delay construction of Surrey supportive housing project

Councillor says work is ‘well underway now’; Nickerson Place closing Aug. 31

LAUREN COLLINS Aug. 27, 2020

Meantime, work is ongoing at two other supportive housing projects: one in Green Timbers and one near King George Boulevard and 132nd Street.

Locke said the one on King George Boulevard, a 57-unit project, is “underway as well.”

The Green Timbers site, she said, is a “full build.” It will include 100 supportive housing units and 30 transitional accommodation spaces.


SkyTrain project includes four-lane widening of Fraser Highway in Green Timbers

Kenneth Chan Sep 14 2020

Fraser Highway through Green Timbers Urban Forest will be widened to accommodate both a larger roadway and the elevated guideway of SkyTrain’s future Expo Line extension towards Langley.

The City of Surrey states it has worked with TransLink on an optimized design to widen the arterial roadway from the existing two-lane width to a new four-lane standard between 140 Street and 148 Street.




This is the ultimate guide to a bicycle adventure to Green Timbers in Surrey

September 16, 2020

Ride along 100 Avenue

This is a treat to ride — and it’s new! There are raised, separated bike lanes on both sides of 100 Avenue. The lanes feature an asphalt surface, between 2 to 2.2 metres wide, that allows side‐by‐side passing. Cyclists are raised to sidewalk elevation (curb height) and are physically separated from pedestrians by a boulevard and from traffic by a street buff (stamped and colourized concrete).

100 Ave at 148 Street

The new raised, separated bike lanes were funded through the TransLink Walking, Cycling, and Roads Program under Bicycle Infrastructure Capital Cost Sharing (BICCS). TransLink and the City of Surrey cost-shared upgrades along 100 Avenue, between King George Boulevard and 148 Street, to create these raised, separated bike lanes on both sides.


TransLink releases Surrey-Langley SkyTrain station designs (RENDERINGS)

Kenneth Chan Sep 18 2020

September 2020 artistic rendering of 140 Street Station on the Expo Line’s Surrey-Langley SkyTrain Extension. (TransLink)

For its third phase of public consultation on the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain project, TransLink is seeking public feedback on the designs of the new stations that will be built along Fraser Highway for the Expo Line Extension reaching Fleetwood.


The best places to see fall leaves in and around Vancouver

Sep 21 2020

Green Timbers Urban Forest

Once fall hits the Green Timbers Urban Forest, you’ll be floating on a carpet of golden leaves as you stroll the second-growth forest trails, or wander around the picturesque lake.