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PARKit Program

Guildford PARKit

Surrey's pop-up park program

PARKit is about transforming parts of parking lots and underutilized areas into temporary pop-up parks with vibrant urban green spaces. Each activation that pops up animates boring grey spaces into exciting people places.

Canada 150

This year, to celebrate Canada 150, PARKit will be hosted in a new location in the plaza in front of Central City Mall. The installation's theme is 'A Canadian Summer' and will incorporate elements of a classic Canadian summer day spent relaxing at the lake with a picnic. An outdoor public piano and open area surrounded by seating will provide opportunities for conversation and relaxation. The site is co-sponsored by Central City and the City of Surrey. This year's site was designed by Amy Tsang.

Other PARKit Sites

Other Parkit summer sites are located in the Guildford Recreation Centre Parking lot, one in Newton along 137th Street near 72nd Avenue and one more tbd. PARKit installations are out in the streets in July and August.

The history of PARKit

The first PARKit activation was designed and installed by staff in the City's Parks Planning & Design section in April 2012 in the North Surrey Recreation Centre parking lot. It was such a great success that we did it again later that summer. In 2013, we introduced the PARKit Design Challenge, a public competition for the design and installation of a summertime pop-up park.

Surrey Spot was the winning entry for 2016. Student designers in the Landscape Architecture program at UBC created the winning design with help from instructors Kris Fox (now at the University of Calgary) and Alex Man-Bourdon. Other summer PARKit installations were located near the Guildford library and in Newton Town Centre on 137th Street. Check out the 2016 submissions and finalists. For more information check out Metro Vancouver's video on 2016's installation.

PARKit is coordinated by the City of Surrey's Neighbourhood Team. Contact us by email at neighbourhoodteam@surrey.ca for more information.