Burnaby to get new park
“We are honoured to create this park on the occasion of His Highness’s Golden Jubilee as the City of Burnaby’s recognition and thanks to the Aga Khan and the Ismaili community for making Burnaby home,” -Mayor Corrigan
By Wanda Chow – Burnaby NewsLeader Published: December 19, 2008 2:00 PM
Burnaby will be marking the golden jubilee of the Aga Khan with a new 13-acre park in the Central Valley.
The “contemplative nature park” will be built on city-owned land but funded, designed and constructed by the Aga Khan Development Network, said city parks director Dave Ellenwood.
“Right now we’re just very excited at the prospect of working with such a prominent organization.”
The park was agreed upon when the Aga Khan met with Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan last month as part of an eight-day visit to Canada to mark the 50th anniversary of his becoming Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.
Burnaby was chosen as the home to the first Shia Muslim settlement in Canada over 35 years ago and is the location of the award-winning Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre on Canada Way, the first such purpose-built building in the country.
The park will be a triangle-shaped parcel of land across from 8-Rinks, bounded by the Burnaby Lake Jamatkhana (at Sprott Street and Kensington Avenue), Highway 1 and Sprott.