APPROVAL of the 10-year Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) Strategic Plan was unanimously given by Surrey City Council at Monday night’s regular Council meeting. The 10-year PRC Strategic Plan outlines the future development or expansion of 45 parks across Surrey, including 25 new neighbourhood level parks, new athletic parks in Grandview Heights and Fleetwood, a new riverfront park along the Nicomekl River and new urban parks in Newton, Guildford and Fleetwood Town Centre.
“As Surrey flourishes, it is Council’s responsibility to plan for the future and keep pace with the ever growing demands placed on our parks, recreational and cultural amenities,” said Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner. “The 10-year PRC Strategic Plan is both ambitious and necessary. It presents a vision of a healthy, green, inclusive community, where individuals, culture, and the environment thrive.”
The plan was developed with comprehensive community engagement and consultation. Launched in March 2017, more than 5,000 residents, businesses and community stakeholders have provided input into the plan. Built on the collaborative process, the 10-year PRC Strategic Plan calls for the following major capital projects and recommendations.
- new community centres in Clayton and Grandview Heights
- expansions to Fleetwood and Chuck Bailey Community Centres
- new ice rinks in Whalley and Cloverdale
- expansion to the Museum of Surrey
- new Interactive Arts Museum in City Centre
- performing arts facility in South Surrey
- new Indigenous ceremony and gathering space.
“The PRC Strategic Plan is a 10-year vision and $357 million investment in major new initiatives and projects to help meet the growing needs of BC’s second largest city,” said Surrey Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee. “This plan is a detailed blueprint that will set the direction for the high level of amenities and services that our residents can expect in the coming decade.”
“The plan maps out emerging opportunities for arts and heritage across the city including: building community capacity for local artists and art organizations; promoting learning, engagement and continual partnerships; and supporting and showcasing art and performances city wide,” said Surrey Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Chair of the City’s Culture Development Advisory Committee. “The plan will provide a strong foundation to promote Surrey’s heritage and culture amenities and further support and showcase arts, heritage and culture across the city.”
As the City of Surrey moves forward with this vision, key updates to the plan’s progress will be undertaken in late 2020 and late 2023. More information on the 10-year PRC Strategic Plan can be found www.surrey.ca/PRCplan.