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Endowment ensures Darts Hill’s future

Surrey's "hidden gem" to continue to thrive with $4 million
Darts Hill Garden Park will continue to flourish thanks to Francisca Darts’ funds.

Surrey’s Darts Hill Garden Park has a long life ahead of it, thanks to its former owner.

A $4-million endowment designated by the late Francisca Darts’ estate has been established to sustain the park in perpetuity, according to an Oct. 21 City of Surrey news release .

Darts Hill Garden was established by Francisca and Edwin Darts in the 1940s and the 7.5-acre park is well-known for its variety of rare and precious plants, shrubs and trees. In 1994, Francisca gifted the garden to the City of Surrey to maintain as a centre for preservation, enhancement and development of horticultural specimens.

“Darts Hill Garden was a wonderful and generous gift from Francisca Darts to the residents of Surrey, and because of this endowment, the garden will continue to grow and flourish for the enjoyment of generations to come,” City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts said in the release.

The Darts Hill Garden Park Endowment Fund will be managed by SurreyCares (formerly known as the Surrey Foundation).

The city will use interest generated from the fund to support the ongoing care and enhancement of the garden.

Darts Hill Garden Park is located at 170 Street off of 16 Avenue.

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