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Lynn’s memory lives on with naming of park
The memory of a Langley woman who was dedicated to children, the community, and to improving the lives of those with cancer will live on in a new park which is being named in her honour this month.
Lynn Fripps Park was officially opened by Langley Township council on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The park is located next to the new Lynn Fripps Elementary School, at 21021 – 81A Ave. in Willoughby.
“Lynn was an outstanding, optimistic community volunteer who was committed to improving the lives of those around her,” said Township Mayor Jack Froese.
“She made a huge impact on our community and we are pleased to be naming this park in her honour.”
Fripps was a member of the Aldergrove Community Enhancement Society, Aldergrove Revitalization Committee, Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society, and was instrumental in forming Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services.
A wife and mother of three, she was involved in her children’s school and local sports team and coached swimming. She was passionate about environmental protection and promoted breastfeeding education.
In 1999, Fripps was diagnosed with breast cancer. She poured her energy and talent into improving life for others in the same situation, doing extensive fundraising for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society. She also created the Shower of Thanks Campaign, encouraging those with the disease to send notes of appreciation to cancer researchers.
Fripps passed away in October of 2005 but her efforts to improve the quality of life for residents in the Township continue to be remembered throughout the community.
The new Lynn Fripps Park features two soccer fields, a softball diamond, and a children’s playground.
It shares hard court surfaces with Lynn Fripps Elementary School, which was also named in her memory.