The city of Surrey has a new park; Surrey Bend Regional Park. We decided to check it out after the grand opening weekend. We went the same week our area was experiencing some record breaking temperatures for Spring. Even with the very hot weather, we wanted to go explore.
Getting to the park is a bit interesting currently because of construction, and road work. To get there you take the 176 St and travel north for about 3 km. You end up going down a hill a little bit, and exit by turning right onto 104 Ave. When we went there was a 4 way stop currently, you will want to turn right, and then left on the next street. The park entrance will be on the left.
The parking lot is a decent size, but as soon as you get there you realize how open this park area is. There have been a lot of new trees planted, but they are very small. So there is not a lot of shade in the parking lot, and the same for the Spirea Trail that we did. If you go on a hot day you will want to bring water, have a hat, and wear sunscreen. Be sure to crack the windows of you car too. One thing is for sure, give these trees time and they will add a lot more beauty to the park.
Right off of the parking lot are the entrances to the trails, the picnic areas, and the play ground. There are three large picnic shelters which do provide a bit of shade. We mad a pit stop at one because our oldest wanted a snack as soon as we got there. I was very impressed to see the waste and recycling containers that are in the park. There is even one dedicated for dog waste. This park is dog friendly, but they must be on a leash at all times. You can also ride your bike through here.
We decided to walk the Spirea Loop Trail, which ended up being a nice short loop through the park. The path ways themselves have been created with crushed rock and gravel. It is considered a dual use trail. We had no problem pushing our stroller. One could definitely bring a visitor to the park who is in the wheel chair, and go sight seeing through the park too.
There were several look out points a long the way. All of which were in great places to see the Parson Channel, or the Beaver Loop Channel. Some spots had signs reminding you to not go in the water because of the swift currents, and changing waters. It was a beautiful park to stroll through. I would recommend some bug repellent because the mosquitos were out in full force when we went.
After we finished walking the Spirea Loop Evie wanted to head right to the playground. The playground is actually called a nature discovery area. It has structures created out of lumber for climbing on, a tree stump that can be climbed on and through, and there is sand all over to dig in or build with.
I would consider this to be an area that is targeted to kids who are older than Evie’s age, but she still had a great time. Once Jason showed her how to go across the beams, and around the poles she was able to do it on her own. I was really surprised when Evie was brave enough to climb to the top of the tree stump all on her own, and even got down! It’s a great place for kids to explore.
If a bathroom pit-stop is needed there are outhouses available. Unfortunately when we went there was no water yet to the water fountains that were located near the entrance, and play area of the park. Hopefully those will be up and running soon, otherwise be sure to bring water with you.
If you are looking for a new place to go as a family check out Surrey Bend Regional Park. Pack a picnic, your sand buckets, and wear your walking shoes. You will have a great time visiting here. We will definitely be back there very soon.