Rock the Block Celebration Kicks Off with Tsuyuki Park Official Opening

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A purple, red and blue splash pad sits dormant between fresh grass and a paved pathway. In the background is a washroom building and play equipment.

Maple Ridge, B.C., May 10, 2024 – Residents in the Albion neighbourhood are invited to celebrate the official opening of Tsuyuki Park on Saturday, May 18, with the launch of the new spray park and the first Rock the Block community event with free family activities, food trucks and more.

While the park’s playground and sports courts were opened last summer for the community to enjoy, this event celebrates the completion of the remaining amenities, including the scooter track, picnic shelter and washrooms. A big highlight is the new spray park for everyone to enjoy.

“This park, located near the site of the original Tsuyuki family farm, is a place for residents in this neighbourhood to gather, be active and for kids to enjoy splashing in the new spray park,” said Mayor Ruimy. “Last fall Council had an official unveiling of the park name and interpretative plaque honouring the family’s deep roots in the community and the contributions of Japanese Canadians who were instrumental in establishing Maple Ridge as an agricultural hub over a century ago.”

Official Opening Ceremony & Rock the Block 

This event will include a formal park opening ceremony followed by the first Rock the Block event for the Albion neighbourhood as part of the Maple Ridge 150 anniversary celebration. 

Tsuyuki Park - 11170 241A Street

Saturday, May 18

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. - Tsuyuki Park Official Opening Ceremony

5:30 p.m. – Spray Park Activation

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Rock the Block!

The park dedication will take place at the new Maple Ridge 150 Community Events Stage, and then move over to the new spray park which will be activated after the official opening celebration. Members of the Tsuyuki family will be in attendance for this special event.

The first Rock the Block event, featuring live music, free family activities and food trucks will follow the ceremony. Rock the Block is a series of free family-friendly gatherings held at neighbourhood parks, as part of the City’s goal to provide more opportunities for residents to engage with their neighbours and build community.

“These events are a great way for residents to gather, walk down to the park together and get to know their neighbours – creating friendships and building strong neighbourhood connections,” said Mayor Ruimy. “We’ll see you there for the grand opening and the first Rock the Block of Maple Ridge 150!”

Due to limited street parking, residents are encouraged to walk, stroll or bike from their homes, bring a blanket and have a family picnic while enjoying the music and activities. This event will run ‘rain or shine.’

More Rock the Block Events Planned

As part of the Maple Ridge 150 series of celebrations, two more Rock the Block events will be held at Blaney Hamlet Park (Saturday, June 15) and Hammond Park (Saturday, August 10). Each event runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., rain or shine. Residents can also request locations for next year's Rock the Block series.  For more information on Rock the Block and Maple Ridge 150 visit MapleRidge.ca/FestivalsEvents.
 

Background on Tsuyuki Park


Tsuyuki Park honours the legacy and contributions the Tsuyuki family made while overcoming adversity to open one of the area’s first commercial greenhouse enterprises. Construction of Tsuyuki Park began in 2022, supported in part by $500,000 from PacificCan through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund to enhance the park's amenities and a donation towards the spray park of $30,000 from the Kiwanis Club of Golden Ears. For more information visit mapleridge.ca/tsuyukipark.

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For additional information, contact

Russ Brummer, Manager of Arts, Culture and Events
T 604 467 7498
rbrummer@mapleridge.ca
 

Chad Neufeld, Manager of Parks Planning & Development
T 604 467 7338
cneufeld@mapleridge.ca