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!
Tynehead Regional Park is amazing! Located between 160th and 176th street and Highway 1 and 96th Avenue the park has over 10 km of walking trials and over 5 km of cycling trails. There’s a salmon hatchery, a huge off leash dog park, a camp site and it’s all connected to the Surrey Greenways project and the Tynehead Cycling and pedestrian overpass. I recently went for a walk through the park with my daughter so I figured this was a fitting Fathers Day Post. Check out the pictures below and to all dads everywhere, have an amazing day however you’re spending it!
On Sunday August 12th the Welcome Home Addiction Recovery Academy is holding it’s second annual Run For Recovery, a 5 and 10 K run that aims to raise awareness of their cause. As you may know Welcome Home is the charity behind my favourite store in the world, Price Pro, and that is where the run begins. The 5K run is $30 ($25 if you sign up by June 10th) and the 10K is $40 ($35 before the 10th). For your fee you get an event T-shirt, a race kit, an entry into a prize draw and the good karma that comes with supporting this worthy cause.
The run starts at 9am followed by a community festival from 11-3 where there will be live bands, door prizes, a BBQ food truck, face painting, and a bouncy castle. Go to runforrecovery.net or call 604-754-9051 for full details. SurreyIsTheBomb.com is very proud to support this event and Scott will be at the finish line cheering like a maniac. Thanks to the Running Room and Classic Impressions Inc. for their support of this event.
UPDATE!! My wife Lyndsey has singed up to run!!! I’m working on getting my Dad to run, along with a couple more people, go team Surrey Is The Bomb dot Com!!!
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!
You guys all know Bret Taylor, the super talented artist who designed our logo(s) right? Of course you do! He’s @BretInVancouver on Twitter and his company is Howyadoin Graphics as I’m sure you also know. Bret is having an art show and you should go! The show is Saturday June 16th at 6pm at 210-2075 Yukon street in Vancouver. Ya I know it’s not in Surrey but Bret has been an amazing supporter of SurreyIsTheBomb.com and I think that qualifies him for honorary Surrey citizenship.
Bret’s art is awesome, check out some of the pics I stole from his site…(haha!)
Bret’s style is very unique and quite awesome. The event will feature Bret doing a series of paintings on site and he will have a selection of previous works for sale. There will be some snacks and you can bring your own booze!!! Make sure to bring a business card as there will be a draw for one of Bret’s paintings.
I’ll be there and I’d love to see you there too! Grab all the event details here!!
*All Images Copyright Howyadoin Graphics 2012*
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?
We would love to hear from you, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post or respond on Twitter to @SurreyIsTheBomb.
Today someone left a comment on our post about our clothing line and stickers referring to the site as “gay”. What year is this? Let me state this clearly for everyone to read and understand. SurreyIsTheBomb.com and I (Scott Graham) do not accept the use of the word gay to describe something in a negative way. The LGBT community is an important part of my city, my country and my personal life. If you are not OK with that please unfollow this blog and it’s related Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Surrey has come a long way in the last ten years but it seems there are still people who want to perpetuate negativity and hate. If someone thought that they were being funny by posting this comment they need to grow up. To anyone in the LGBT community who read the comment I apologize on behalf of Surrey and it’s many amazing residents. I’m leaving the comment up as a reminder to anyone who comes across it that the word gay is not negative.
It’s Bike to Work week in Metro Vancouver and I have to know, are you riding your bike this week? Surrey is fairly bike friendly with most major roads having bike lanes. The Greenways project also provides some non road options for cyclists but for the most part Surrey’s size and layout prevent it from being a fully bikeable place. So what are your options?
Most busses have a bike rack but they only hold 2 or 3 bikes. If the bike rack is full you have to wait for another bus which can take awhile in Surrey. If you’re lucky enough to catch a bus with room for you and your bike you still have another hurdle awaiting you at the skytrain station. There are bike lockers at some Surrey stations but that leaves you without your bike when you reach your destination. Translink has been very helpful and communicative about how one would get from Surrey to downtown on a bus but the transit portion alone would take a little over an hour and a half not to mention the cycling time. Most people I know don’t have 3-4 hours a day to dedicate to commuting.
If you’ve ever been to Portland and utilized their transit system you probably know what I’m going to bring up, Light Rail. Light Rail is the answer to Surrey’s transit troubles. The cost is significantly lower than Skytrain, operating costs are less expensive than buses and Surrey’s Main roads are wide enough (mostly) to have street level light rail run down existing centre boulevards. Portland’s system combines light rail, street cars and buses in a seamless, inexpensive and user friendly way that Surrey is in desperate need of.
Portland’s Trimet Light Rail system also has dedicated bike storage space in every car on every train, a far cry from Translink’s non existent Skytrain+bike options. I you have an opinion I’d love to here it. I for one would love to ride my bike to work, it just isn’t a sensible option for me.
Commuting sucks. I know this very well as I am one of the thousands of people who commute from the Fraser Valley to Vancouver every day for work. The transit system out here is very sparse and inefficient often taking over 2 hours to get home, totally uncool. If there was a way you could ditch your car and travel in style and comfort would you do it? Ladies and gentleman, meet Pacific Commuter.
Pacific Commuter is a new membership based commuter bus offering luxury transportation from Langley and Surrey to Downtown Vancouver and back. You get to your destination in reclining leather seats with tables, free WiFi, lots of leg room and a kitchen and bathroom. All of this is on a state of the art bus that allows you to feel good about your commute because it’s much greener than driving. With free WiFi you can add 2 hours of productive work time to your day instead of sitting in your car accomplishing nothing and stressing out about traffic.
Check out PacificCommuter.com for all the details including Car2Go memberships, Globe and Mail subscriptions and much more! You can also bring your bike with you as it will fit in the compartments usually filled with luggage! Going green in style, that’s cool. Pacific Commuter hits the streets on July 3rd!
Photo credits – Pacific Commuter