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Check out 'Surrey Spot' summertime pop-up park

PARKit Design Challenge winner Tian Tian and volunteer Zhaolin Li

July 22, 2016

SURREY, BC – Surrey’s pop-up park is all about spots this summer. ‘Surrey Spot’, inspired by music, performance and circular shapes, was awarded top spot in the City of Surrey’s 2016 PARKit Design Challenge; construction of this playful, public pop-up park is being finished today in a location adjacent to the Surrey Central Skytrain Station.

“2016 marks the fifth summer that the PARKit pop-up park has been created in downtown Surrey,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “Each year the park fosters a sense of community and activity in our busy City Centre that is fun for everyone.”

‘Surrey Spot’ consists of curved benches, a bar table, xylophone bench, street piano, planters, and bistro tables. Bold and bright colours unify the painted spots on the ground, the playful furniture and the piano. The concept is meant to provide a fun, refreshing place of activity, performance and an opportunity for pedestrians to pause and enjoy the public realm.

“The PARKit installation is a great addition to summertime in City Centre,” said Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Committee. “Key to the vibrancy of the site is the street piano, which is hosted by the Piano in the Streets Program.”

The winning entry was submitted by UBC landscape architecture students Huan Pan and Tian Tian. Entries were judged by an interdisciplinary City of Surrey staff committee, as well as representatives from Translink and the Piano Teachers’ Federation, and were reviewed based on a range of criteria, including aesthetics, creativity, safety, accessibility, sustainability and maintenance. ‘Surrey Spot’ is also the recipient of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ based on votes from Facebook and a display at the Central City Library.

The PARKit Design Challenge is an annual public call for the design and installation of a summertime pop-up park in Surrey City Centre. The park is open from July 22 to Sept 12. More information can be found at www.surrey.ca/parkit.

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Photo caption: PARKit Design Challenge winner, Tian Tian (left), and volunteer Zhaolin Li (right), put the final touches on ‘Surrey Spot’ pop-up park in Surrey City Centre.

For program information:

Shira Standfield
Civic Beautification Planner
604-598-5780
sstandfield@surrey.ca

For interveiw requests:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
604-591-5419
owlum@surrey.ca