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Abbotsford Parks and Trails

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Abbotsford Parks

The City of Abbotsford operates and maintains 70 playgrounds in our parks. In 2003, a Playground Replacement Program was put in place and, with the ongoing support from the Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Sumas, the City has been able to replace 12 playgrounds since that time.

In 2013, the City was awarded a Federal Government Matching Infrastructure Grant to replace 10 of its aging playgrounds. This funding has enabled the City to replace the last of its non-CSA compliant playgrounds. Playground structures in Larch, Southern, Glenridge, Charlotte, Everett, Juniper, Renton, Fairfield, Uplands and Jubilee Park were replaced, as well as upgrades to surrounding infrastructure were completed in March 2014.

New playground designs address inclusive play and serve children of all abilities. Replacing the old pea gravel surfacing with “wood carpet” not only provides better fall protection, but also makes our playgrounds wheelchair accessible. New protective fencing and asphalt pathways have been added at several of the playgrounds (where needed) to further enhance and provide better accessibility.

For more information about city parks download the Park Amenities Listing or the Map of Abbotsford City Parks. You can also visit the City's webmap site to search for Parks information.

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Spray Parks and Outdoor Pool

Public Spray Parks are located at: 

  • Mill Lake Park - 2310 Emerson Street
    • Adjacent to Centennial Outdoor Pool and includes a playground and picnic shelter with water & power
    • The spray park is operational from the May long weekend (or earlier, weather dependent) until the September long weekend, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Shadbolt Park - 36086 Shadbolt Avenue
    • Adjacent to green space
    • Operational from the May long weekend (or earlier, weather dependent) until September long weekend
  • Spud Murphy Park - 32285 Hillcrest Avenue 
    • Operational from the May long weekend (or earlier, weather dependent) until the September long weekend, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Centennial Outdoor Pool - 2310 Emerson Street
    • For more information on the Centennial Outdoor Pool, please call Recreation Excellence at 604-853-7900. 

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    International Friendship Garden

    Located at 32320 George Ferguson Way (North side of Clearbrook Library) 

    The facility includes:

    • a Cultural Gateway and International Friendship Garden, hard surfaced plaza and patio areas and a water fall;
    • the Cultural Gateway which is represented by the canopy and the Pathway of Nations “Welcome” pavers;
    • a unique space to celebrate the many diverse cultures in our community;
    • a destination location to enjoy a tranquil area and the outdoors in a beautiful setting; 
    • opportunity to contribute towards plantings, purchase of a memorial bench or cultural amenities. 
    • available for rentals for private functions through the Parks, Recreation & Culture Office at 604-859-3134, press 0.

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    Discovery Trail

    Discovery Trail - jpg imageDiscovery Trail is a paved corridor spanning through the community, connecting the East and West sides of Abbotsford. This extensive trail system is perfect for all season activity including walking, running, rollerblading and cycling. The trail system winds through natural habitat and includes areas with forest, ponds, creeks and lush meadows. Interpretive signage along portions of the trail, as well as well-marked lookout spots, make the trail a great place for observing, photographing and learning about the community’s indigenous ecosystem.

    Trail: multi-use paved trails with level to moderate grades

    Amenities: parking lot, picnic tables, benches, public washrooms

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    Be Prepared

    • Always – Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
    • Check the weather before you head out.
    • Protect yourself from the elements, layer your clothing and wear sturdy footwear.
    • Stay on designated trails. Bring a map of the area, a compass, and a cell phone (but remember, they don’t always work in remote areas).
    • Bring water, snacks, first aid, and sunscreen.
    • If you get lost, ensure you are visible and stay where you are until help arrives.
    • Watch for wildlife and avoid areas that show recent signs of bears and cougars.
    • Do not walk in forested or heavily treed sites during high winds or extreme snow or ice events – falling trees or branches can be fatal.
    • Bridge and boardwalk decks can be very slippery at all times of year.
    • Use the metal traction strips for better traction.
    • Snow and ice are generally not cleared from our pathways or trails. If you choose to use these routes when they are snowy or icy, please use the appropriate equipment such as winter boots, snowshoes and walking poles.

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    Trail Etiquette

    • For your safety and to protect soil from erosion do not venture off-trail and do not create new trails.
    • Respect the privacy of people in homes living adjacent to trails.
    • Keep dogs on leash, except on designated off leash trails. Always keep your pets under control.
    • Please clean up after your pets.
    • Stay to the right of trail and pass on the left.
    • If a person is climbing up a hill they have the right of way if you are climbing down.
    • Never disturb or remove wildlife or plants from our parks.
    • Leave the trails cleaner than you found them. Carry out all litter.
    • Fires are not permitted in Abbotsford’s parks.
    • Do not build structures, fire rings or dig trenches.
    • Bike riders yield to both hikers and horseback riders; hikers yield to horseback riders.

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