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Awards Announced for 2015 PARKit Design Challenge

Parkit Design Challenge 2015 Winner Pantone

May 26, 2015

SURREY, BC – PARKit, Surrey’s annual pop-up park design challenge, has awarded its 2015 top spot to “Pantone”, a vibrant, colourful design, inspired by traditional theatres and playful shapes submitted by local design team Ryan McClanaghan, Daniel Hawkins, and Shane Oleksiuk.

The “Pantone” design team will receive up to $15,000 to fabricate and install the pop-up park this summer which will feature two elegantly curved wooden forms to house, shelter and amplify the sound of two dueling pianos. Bold, uniform colour will unify bistro tables, the pianos, and a central table feature housing a tree.

“Creating engaging activities in our public spaces is ideal for building community spirit and connections,” said City of Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner. “PARKit has grown to be a welcome and anticipated addition to Surrey’s City Centre each summer.”

“The PARKit program is a fun summertime addition to our downtown core,” says Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Committee. “We are also excited to be using this site to promote the Piano in the Streets Program that will be hosting two street pianos.”

Incorporating two street pianos was part of the entry criteria for the 2015 PARKit Challenge. Individuals and groups were invited to submit their ideas for a creative outdoor public space capable of supporting ‘dueling pianos’ hosted by the Piano Teachers Federation of BC. The winning design’s acoustic qualities will create a unique experience for both playing and listening to piano music.

PARKit Design Challenge entries were judged by an interdisciplinary City of Surrey staff committee, as well as representatives from Translink and the Piano Teachers’ Federation. Entries were reviewed based on a range of criteria, including aesthetics, creativity, safety, accessibility, sustainability and maintenance.

An honorarium of $500 of will be awarded to the Challenge’s first runner-up ‘Two and a Half Piano Park’, by David A. Davies, and $250 to second runner-up ‘Music in the Streets’, by Jay Tseng and Joanna Long. The People’s Choice Award with votes from Facebook and a display at the Central City Library goes to ‘Rest Area’ by Jason Farra, Angela Tam, Chantal Tam and Uyen Tran. The City will retain the rights to the runner-up designs.

The PARKit Design Challenge is an annual public call for the design and installation of a summertime pop-up park located adjacent to Surrey Central SkyTrain station, in Surrey City Centre. The installation is meant to provide a fun, refreshing and playful place of activity, performance and an opportunity for pedestrians to pause and enjoy the public realm.

The site is expected to be installed by the end of June, and will remain open through early September. Full bios and print resolution images of selected submissions are available at


For program information:

Shira Standfield
Civic Beautification Planner

For interview requests:

Oliver Lum
Manager of Communications, Mayor’s Office