West Vancouver, BC; April 3, 2009 – Park Royal Shopping Centre has announced that it is making a $500,000 donation to the North Shore Spirit Trail, a waterfront network of paths and walkways that will connect communities from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. The donation marks the first major commitment from a private company to the West Vancouver portion of the Spirit Trail.
“With this donation, the Spirit Trail is off on the right foot,” says West Vancouver Mayor, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones. “Park Royal’s leadership in sustainability is an asset to the community.”
The donation will be earmarked for the construction of a three meter-wide pedestrian structure to be added to the lower road bridge that crosses the Capilano River. The existing bridge connects Bridge Road and Taylor Way on the south side of Park Royal. The funds will also provide for the expansion of the sidewalk on the south side of the Shopping Centre, making the path wider and more accessible. When complete, residents and visitors will be able to hike, run or bike along the 35-kilometre Spirit Trail from one end of the North Shore to the other.
“Park Royal is part of the fabric of the North Shore community, and that is why we are so pleased to contribute to this important amenity,” says Rick Amantea, Vice President of Park Royal Shopping Centre. “We are proud to do our part to help turn the vision of the Spirit Trail into a reality.”
“Park Royal is an important part of the Larco Group of Companies, and as an organization we believe in contributing in a responsible and impactful manner to the communities in which we do business,” adds Mansoor Lalji, Principal, Larco Group of Companies. “Park Royal’s support of the Sprit Trail underscores our ongoing commitment to the North Shore and its residents.”
More information on Park Royal’s commitment to the community and sustainability can be found at www.sustainableparkroyal.com/community.
Park Royal Makes $500,000 Donation to Spirit Trail Project
About Park Royal
Park Royal Shopping Centre and The Village at Park Royal features 1.2 million square feet of retail set in a regional shopping centre and an adjoining lifestyle centre. Situated at the foot of the landmark Lions Gate Bridge and minutes from downtown Vancouver, Park Royal maintains an established presence in the marketplace and continues to offer leadership in sustainable development for the retail industry.
About District of West Vancouver
West Vancouver, “The Waterfront Community” is nestled on the lush south-facing slopes of the Coast Mountains on the North Shore of Burrard Inlet in British Columbia. The Municipality is home for 44,000 residents and spans 89 square kilometers – bordered by Howe Sound to the west and the Capilano River to the east. The community is known for its beaches, mountains, recreation facilities, and cultural activities. West Vancouver combines small-town charm with cosmopolitan amenities in several unique village business areas. The natural setting and proximity to downtown Vancouver completes the desirable setting.
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