METRO VANCOUVER — Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said the city is very excited they were chosen by the Aga Khan Foundation to receive a gift of a nearly 14-acre community park in central Burnaby, when typically Vancouver is chosen for substantial financial gifts of this kind.
Although Prince Aga Khan announced his intention to build a park for the community two years ago, on his 50th jubilee celebration, it is again in the news as nine public consultation meetings for it ended Thursday. (The public still has time to send in their ideas for the park directly to Burnaby Parks Department before the representative for the Aga Khan Foundation receives the information later this month.)
Corrigan said he had the honour of meeting the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili people two years ago who told him “he’s never forgotten Burnaby was the first site of a mosque in B.C. and welcomed the Ismaili community.”
“He has built parks around the world. The most recent one in Cairo. This is a mandate he’s taken on to create these oasises in different parts of the world,” said Corrigan. “We’re pretty honoured to be the city picked for this special gift. It will be a wonderful addition to Burnaby Lake Regional Park.”