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Community Celebrations City Hall Grand Opening at Party for the Planet Festival

New City Hall Grand Open at P4P

April 28, 2014

Surrey, BC – About 20,000 people attended Saturday’s official grand opening of Surrey’s City Hall held as part of the City’s annual Party for the Planet festival.

“Officially opening City Hall marks an exciting milestone for Surrey as it continues to transform its downtown core into the region’s next great metropolitan centre,” said City of Surrey Mayor, Dianne Watts. “City Hall and Plaza will serve residents for generations to come as a convenient one-stop-shop for City business and a gathering place for major community events in City Centre.”

“The new City Hall has been purpose-built with sustainability in mind, including numerous green features and a district energy geothermal heating/cooling system,” said Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair, Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee. “As Surrey’s celebration of Earth Day, opening City Hall during Party for the Planet was appropriate given the new Hall’s many sustainability features.”

Party for the Planet, sponsored by TD, included entertainment from headline performer Said The Whale, as well as additional performances by Jordan Klassen, Andrew Allen, Jeremy Fisher, and Peak Performance winner Dear Rouge. It also featured family friendly special guests Mad Science and Dora the Explorer, as well as the return of both its popular tree sale and the Surrey Urban Farmers Market with produce and wares from local farmers and artisans.

“This year’s Party for the Planet once again proved a fabulous event for the entire family,” said Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair, Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee. “It was wonderful to see residents and visitors enjoying the entertainment and activities, including the grand opening of our new City Hall.”

City Hall opened for business February 17, 2014. Its construction has been a catalyst for investment into the area and is part of a larger vision to transform Surrey’s City Centre into an economic, social and cultural hub. City Hall amenities for the community include: improved service delivery, public meeting rooms, a 200-seat theatre/performing arts venue programmed year round with events, public daycare and public art.

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For interview requests:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager, Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
604.591.4519