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City of Surrey Marks National Seniors Day by Celebrating Notable Increase in Seniors Recreation

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October 1, 2019

Surrey, B.C. – Surrey celebrated National Seniors Day with free events held across the City, acknowledging the contributions seniors make to our communities. Recognized as an Age Friendly City by the World Health Organization, Surrey has a variety of recreational, cultural and social opportunities for seniors. To further support residents, Council implemented a 75% recreational discount for seniors 70 and older, to remove the financial barriers of staying active and engaged in the community.

“Our strength as a City comes from our sense of community, as we aim remove the barriers to recreational and social opportunities for all ages and abilities,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “I’m pleased to share that in 2019, we are on pace to see an 18% increase in senior’s recreation memberships. Surrey is creating a movement where our seniors are living more active and engaged lives, which breaks away from the typical trend, and this should be celebrated.”

In addition to the increase in memberships, it is projected that 50,000 additional visits by seniors will be made to Recreation Centres this year over 2018. Surrey is home to an estimated 72,990 seniors, representing 14% of the population.

Promoting health and wellness through active living, Surrey’s age-friendly programs and services are designed to offer affordable access to fitness, wellness, recreation, volunteer and social opportunities, as well as valuable community connections that enrich and support healthy, independent living.

Learn more about seniors drop-in programs, memberships, and events.

City of Surrey has released a video to celebrate National Seniors Day, available for download here.

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For media inquiries:

Amber Stowe
City of Surrey
Communications Project Manager
Amber.stowe@surrey.ca
604-598-5854