Mayor MacLean’s park set to open

A park named for Pitt Meadows’ former mayor will open on Saturday, April 27

The city's newest park will be named after Don MacLean

The city's newest park will be named after Don MacLean

A park named for Pitt Meadows’ former mayor will open on Saturday.

Don MacLean – the namesake of MacLean Park – will attend the ceremony at the park, which dubbed the city’s “first natural playground.”

The park encompasses 1.6 hectares of land at the end of McMyn Road and surrounds a pond. It cost around $300,000 to build.

The area was already home to a variety of wildlife, but landscaping has made MacLean Park more inviting to herons, eagles, squirrels and beavers.

The park features an outdoor fitness circuit, a sports court and green roof.

A wooden bridge over the south end of the pond leads to a wildlife viewing platform, while a nature trail loops around the property.

The land for the park was formerly owned by CP Rail, which built the retention pond and donated the land to the City of Pitt Meadows.

An additional 0.18-hectare lot was purchased by the City in 2006.

On council for a total of 21 years, MacLean was the mayor of Pitt Meadows for 12 years, until he retired in 2011.

• The opening ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at MacLean Park, located on McMyn Road west of 190A Street.