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!
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!!!