Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey hosted its 12th annual free Earth Day celebration, Party for the Planet, at Civic Plaza this past Saturday. The event attracted over ten thousand attendees that wanted to increase their knowledge of environmental initiatives and learn how they can live more sustainably.
Sponsored by TD Bank Group, this year’s event featured environmental workshops on how to build solar-light mason jars, make beaded moccasin keychains, plant native pollinators, reuse old fabrics to make scrunchies, and more. They also shopped from local vendors at the sustainable marketplace for aromatherapy and skincare products, tea, artwork, jewelry, beeswax food wraps and sustainable cleaning products.
“Party for the Planet was a fun, family event that provided several new ways for attendees to learn how to be more sustainable in their personal lives and within their community,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “Thank you to all our generous sponsors, performers, vendors, and volunteers who helped make this event a success. Through their efforts, the event clearly demonstrates Surrey’s leadership in sustainability.”
Additional activities included the Surrey Parks plant sale, which sold over 1,000 shrubs, perennials, ferns and fruit plants. University Drive was filled with families as kids climbed the rock-climbing wall, enjoyed e-bike demonstrations, ate at food trucks, and listened to local live music on the Earth Stage. Children’s performances were held on the TD Bank Group Family Stage, as well as dance battles and lessons on the Community Stage presented by Concord Pacific.
"Party for the Planet was another huge success and TD was thrilled to take part in the celebrations," said Chris Sirovyak, TD District Vice President for Surrey, Delta and New Westminster. "We're so proud to have served as the presenting sponsor for this marquee event, which inspired thousands of people of all ages to do their part to help create a more vibrant planet."
Attendees are invited to provide feedback on the 2023 event for a chance to win $250 to Guildford Town Centre. To take the survey, visit www.partyfortheplanet.ca.