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 have 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.
Image credit – Cloverdale Rodeo
One of Surrey’s biggest events, the Cloverdale Rodeo, will host the inaugural Cowboy BBQ Competition on Saturday and Sunday of this year’s fair. Presented by Well Seasoned, this event will feature more than 25 teams from all over North America who will competing for $10,000 in cash prizes. The event will feature a Pie and Chili contest, an Iron Chef style “Battle Bacon” and a Pacific North West BBQ Association (PNWBA) sanctioned BBQ competition. After the PNWBA judges are given their food to judge there will be samples available for the public to try!! As I’m a certified PNWBA judge myself I can tell you that the food will be incredible. I’m unable to attend this amazing competition due to a prior comitment so please head down there and try some on my behalf!!
The Rodeo runs from May18th – 21st at the Cloverdale Fair Grounds. There has been an event on these grounds since 1888 which became a professionally sanctioned rodeo in 1948. It is currently the second largest rodeo in Canada. If you’ve never been you should really go check it out this year, BBQ, rides, Rodeo action and tons of family fun!! Check out the full history of one of Surrey’s oldest events HERE. YEE HAW!!!!
Surrey is growing at an impressive rate and with such rapid growth comes the need for densification. If you travel around the GVRD you’ll see high rises popping up around Skytrain stations and major community centres. This is happening in our city as well with major developments centred around the Gateway/Surrey Central/King George stations. There are plans for major increases in densification in Whalley and with a light rail system in the proposal phase more and more people will want to move to this central hub.
Photo credit – Scott Graham
The Global Civic Policy Society is putting on the Vancouver Urban Forum, a conference focusing on urban reform. The forum will consist of 20 presentations that seek to reform our cities and lead them in more environmentally sustainable, economically prosperous and socially healthy directions. I am very happy to have been selected to participate in this conference thanks to a grant from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia who have provided 30 sponsored seats to people throughout the community. So the only thing left to do is figure out what one wears to a conference…
Shirt by Bret Taylor @BretinVancouver