What a great night. The first ever Surrey Beer Club Tweetup went down last night at Big Ridge Brewing Company and I couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome. We raised over $700 for the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, drank some great hand made beer from Big Ridge and Dead Frog and proved that the craft beer scene in Surrey is thriving. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Rebecca Bollwitt, aka Miss604, Big Ridge Brewing’s brew master Tariq Kahn, Beerthirst and every single person who came out to support this cause.
If you have a goal. a vision in your head about something you want to achieve you have no choice but to make it a reality. My life’s mission is to promote this city and to be a good father, Surrey Memorial Hospital played a large part in my daughter’s life and there’s no better feeling than giving back. Thanks for all of the support, I think we should do this more often.
Surrey put on quite the show for Canada day. There were food trucks, a full scale model of a potential LRT train on display that could be hitting our streets, great music and tons of things for people of all ages to enjoy! My highlights were the entire Peak Performance Stage show with 20 great YVR bands pumping out amazing music (Redgy Blackout is going to win…), The LRT display and the main stage featuring local music phenom Hannah Georgas and Canadian rock music icons Sam Roberts Band.
Sorry about the mid song spin-o-rama, it’s a little fast…(barf)
I had an amazing time with my family and friends, this event was a huge success and really helped reinforce why I put all of this time into promoting Surrey. I’m already looking forward to next year! Check out the picture of the huge crowd watching Sam Roberts!
When the sun comes out I hit the streets of Surrey with camera in hand! This time I wandered around Downtown Surrey, aka City Centre, aka Whalley and took some shots of the big changes that have happened/are going to happen to the most urban part of our city.
I walked the area around the City Centre Library, the construction sites around it slated for our new City Hall and 3 Civic Plaza. I walked over to check out Ultra, a new residential highrise that’s a block off of University Drive. I also took a bunch of pictures of the Central City Tower because I think it’s a gorgeous piece of architecture. In 4 or 5 years this neighbourhood is going to look very different, I can’t wait to see it. Check out all the pictures!
Surrey Doors Open 2012 has come and gone, did you get out to any of the 30+ venues around the city? I decided to check our the Surrey Engineering Department’s open house at the main works yard on 148th street in Newton. There were tons of families there enjoying free pony rides, a hot dog bbq (by donation), a balloon making clown, and much more! My friend Clint, who works for the city as an excavator operator, was on hand giving kids rides in the big machines including his son.
There were tents set up from various city departments showing how the guts of Surrey work and what it takes to run the hidden infrastructure under our feet. There were several alternative fuel vehicles on hand that the city uses in day to day operations to reduce emissions. It was pretty awesome to see this much heavy machinery in one spot, it’s a great reminder of where our tax dollars are spent. I hope you were following along on Twitter and had a chance to come down and see the yard for yourself, if not don’t fret I took lots of pictures! Check them out!
Do you like to ride your bike? Do you like to ride it all over town? Check out this awesome bike route map I found on The City of Surrey’s webpage, Surrey.ca.
Click on the link and go exploring!!
I’ve just returned from an open house held at the Guildford Recreation Centre where plans for the new Guildford Aquatic Centre were displayed to the public for the first time. The Aquatic Centre will be a 75000 square foot addition built on the east side of the existing building along 152nd street.
The plan has an impressive rain water management plan and is situated to take advantage of any future rapid transit expansion along 152nd Street with its curbside placement. It’s great to see forethought going in to a project that anticipates future needs. It’s way too easy to build things based on driving and parking a car, kudos for not following the regular Suburban front loaded parking plan.
The plans call for a full sized lap pool with a movable floor/adjustable depth area, a leisure pool area with a lazy river, swirl pool, tot pool, hot tub, therapeutic pool and water slides.
This project is another by Bing Thom Architects who also designed Surrey’s iconic Central City Tower and City Centre Library. The public open house is a way for them to engage the community and receive feedback about this project, a great way to do business. There has been a lot of thought and care put into the way the facility will be used by seniors and young families and seeing as I have a 2 year old this is great to hear! There was a decent turnout of locals interested in the new Aquatic Centre. I listened in on some of the conversation around the room between residents and project representatives, there were some great questions. I’ll be keeping a close eye on this project, it looks great! Check out the rest of the pictures below!
Earlier today at Surrey’s Iconic City Centre Library Mayor Diane Watts and Century Group unveiled a huge new project, the first of it’s kind south of the Fraser River. 3 Civic Plaza is Surrey’s first mixed use highrise development combining a premium boutique high rise hotel called Civic Hotel, the first in Surrey since the Guildford Sheraton over 20 years ago, and a residential tower soaring 50 stories into the sky.
At 517 feet tall, 3 Civic Plaza will be Surrey’s tallest tower, the second tallest residential tower in BC and the 5th tallest tower west of Calgary. The hotel will have a ground level restaurant, large meeting rooms to accommodate over 300 people and 160 guest rooms. The residential portion, located above Civic Hotel, will have 330 units with stunning views. I’m not going to lie I want to know what the Penthouse is worth. I will be checking the prices out when they’re made public, how often do you get a chance to own part of a landmark?
I’m a big fan of the design from Cotter Architects, especially the north and south elevation views with their unique windows and slender profile giving the impression that this building is even taller than it’s already impressive 50 stories. I’m also intrigued by what look like wind turbines tucked inside the arch like structure on the roof as seen from the east and west elevation views. Completion is scheduled for fall 2015. Go to 3civicplaza.ca to register.
SurreyIsTheBomb.com is proud to be the first local blog with full coverage of this incredible new Surrey development. Check out the Fly-Through video and the artists renditions!
I, like many Surrey residents, commute to Vancouver 5 days a week and I use the Port Mann Bridge almost exclusively. The new bridge is scheduled for completion later this year which will undoubtedly reduce congestion along Highway 1. Translink would have us believe that most commuters who use the old bridge will happily pay a toll to use the new one but the Golden Ears Bridge has proven that may not be the case.
This leaves me wondering what my fellow Fraser Valley commuters are planning to do when the tolling starts. Will you pay the toll and take the new Port Mann, will you use an alternate toll-free bridge or tunnel or will you make the switch to transit?
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Have you ever heard someone talk about their city having a sister city and wondered “what is Surrey’s sister city?” Well it just so happens that Surrey is so cool we have to have TWO sister cities!
Surrey became the sister city of Koto, Japan on April 20th, 1989. Koto is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo. It is located east of the Tokyo metropolitan centre and as of 2008 had a population of just over 440,000 people. Koto’s population and location are similar to Surrey’s position within the GVRD and it is a growing city forming it’s own identity separate of Tokyo.
Surrey’s second sister city is Zhuhai, China. Located in the province of Guangdong, Zhuhai sits along the Pearl River delta and neighbours the city of Macau. The Pearl River delta is know as the Chinese Riviera and is one of China’s most popular tourist destinations. Zhuhai has a population of just over 400,000 in its metropolitan area and another 440,000+ in its suburbs making it very similar to the GVRD.
Now go out and wow your friends with this knowledge we has bestowed unto you!!
Did you know that Surrey offers grants to people or groups who want to make our city beautiful? The Community Enhancement Partnership Program (CEPP) offers people or groups a grant to support small projects, activities and celebrations with the goal of improving their community.
Check out all the details on the official 2012 Community Beautification Grant page on the City of Surrey’s Website. Anyone who applies for and receives a grant can contact me for some coverage! Just leave a comment on this post.