Family and friends of Lynn Fripps got together to see the new park that bears her name officially opened in Langley's Willoughby neighbourhood.
"Our family is extremely honoured that the Township has decided to name this park after Lynn," said Fripps's sister Kelly Fripps Cheung.
Fripps was a major volunteer in Langley through the 1990s and into the early 2000s.
She was a member of the Aldergrove Community Enhancement Society, the Aldergrove Revitalization Committee, the Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society, and was one of those who drove the formation of Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services, which now provides social aid to all of Langley.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, and did a great deal of fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation before she died in 2005.
Kelly talked about how her sister always encouraged others to get involved.
A plaque reading "Carpe diem," for "seize the day" was unveiled at the playground on Tuesday. "Lynn did," Kelly said. "By naming this park after Lynn, Langley is honouring a very special person," said Kelly.
Township Mayor Jack Froese and Langley School Board chair Wendy Johnson also spoke at the opening.
"When Lynn got involved, things got done," said Froese.
Johnson said the opening of the park was all about community building, something Lynn valued.
The park is attached to, and shares some facilities with, the Lynn Fripps Elementary school, which has been open for more than a year.
The new park features two soccer fields, a softball diamond, and a children's playground. It shares its hard court surfaces with the school.
The new park is located at 2101 81A Ave., off the back of the school.
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