Commissioner Spencer Herbert commended the ECP Committee on launching the experimental dog and green waste composting project in the Park. He expressed the hope that composting of this kind could be done in all City Parks.

Master of Ceremonies Milt Bowling concluded the opening ceremonies by urging the volunteers to plant and weed vigorously as the Parks Department was standing by with tools and trees.

Mayor Sam Sullivan opened the Event and was escorted by an honour guard of Cadets from B.C. Regiment. He commended the restoration work being done at the Park calling it, "….a symbol of hope for the future."

That sentiment was echoed by Parks Board Chairman, Ian Robertson, who quoted Martin Luther as saying, "If told I had only one day left to live, I would plant a tree." Ian grew up not far from the Park and rode his bike through the old landfill.

 Councillor Heather Deal spoke of Everett Crowley Park as a vital carbon sink where our air can be cleaned. She added a few words of encouragement for the Vancouver Canucks as well. Parks Commissioner Loretta Woodcock spoke about the implementation of the Management Plan for the Park pointing out that restoration of