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PARKit pops-up in Surrey City Centre to celebrate summer and local food vendors

Councillor Hepner cuts ribbon at PARKit pop up site

July 9, 2013

SURREY, BC – PARKit, a summertime pop-up park celebrating local food vendors, re-opened for the summer today (Tuesday, July 9). The opening event featured live entertainment, give-aways, and onsite food carts. PARKit is now open to the public daily, with rotating food carts, until August 31 adjacent to Central City Skytrain.

“I am excited to welcome PARKit back for another season,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “This year’s food will showcase foods from around the world to celebrate Surrey’s cultural diversity.”

“PARKit offers a fun and unique opportunity for residents and visitors to gather outdoor spaces,” said Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of Parks Recreation and Sport Tourism. “This pop-up park concept brings transformation, culture, entertainment and greenery to an otherwise hard surface parking lot area; it’s a great addition to the neighbourhood.”

The design of this year’s park concept comes as the result of the City of Surrey’s PARKit Design Challenge held earlier this spring. The selected entry, entitled ‘Take-Out’, utilizes take-out boxes as planters and table posts that support eat-in counters creating an engaging and universal social space. This playful submission was submitted by a collaborative team of Matthew Thomson, Erika Mashig, Nathan Lee, Trevor Coghill and Fricia Construction.

The PARKit Design Challenge was a public call for the design and installation of a pop-up park in the North Surrey Recreation Centre parking lot. Individuals and groups were invited to submit their ideas for a creative sustainable outdoor public space capable of supporting mobile food vendors.

The PARK-it park is Located in the North Surrey Recreation Centre parking lot, adjacent to Surrey Central SkyTrain station. For more information or to view the food cart schedule please visit www.surrey.ca/parkit

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Program information contact:

Patrick Klassen
Parks & Recreation Planner
604-598-5858
pklassen@surrey.ca

Media inquiries contact:

Judy Mann
Executive Assistant
Office of the Mayor
778-846-0397