July 30, 2002
Toyota opens new park in Richmond, B.C.
Richmond, B.C. – Toyota Canada and the City of Richmond officially opened a new park adjacent to Toyota’s Pacific Zone Office and Vancouver Parts Distribution Centre in Richmond, British Columbia on Monday.
The ceremony was part of festivities throughout Canada and the United States to celebrate the ten millionth vehicle built by Toyota in North America. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new park was presided over by Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of the City of Richmond; Stephen Beattie, Vice President of TCI; Gary Smallenberg, President of Canadian Autoparts Toyota Inc.; and J.C. Desilets, Toyota’s Pacific Zone Manager.
The park is in the midst of a busy industrial development. In addition to trees, walkways and grass, it includes a picnic area with tables, a jogging/walking trail, Japanese and Chinese gardens, and a half-court basketball area, all built on two acres of land owned by TCI.
“We thought everyone in the neighbourhood would enjoy a beautiful, natural place in which to play and relax, and we’re delighted with this opportunity to show our appreciation to the City of Richmond,” said Beatty. “Toyota’s success in Canada owes a great deal to our positive community relationships. It’s a pleasure to share that success with the people who have made such a friendly and productive home for Toyota’s flourishing West Coast operations.”
In this unique collaboration, the City provided trees and will be responsible for day-to-day maintenance of the site. TCI, which donated labour and other materials as well as use of the land, retains ownership in the event that it is required for expansion at some time in the future. The new park is part of TCI’s ongoing commitment to safeguard the environment and natural beauty in the communities across Canada it calls home. As part of that same initiative, employees of the Pacific Zone office and Parts Distribution Centre are working to obtain ISO 14001 environmental registration – a distinction they expect to achieve by the end of 2002.