WITH Surrey growing at an unprecedented rate, City Council has prioritized new capital infrastructure projects that will ensure the recreational, cultural and road travel needs of its citizens will keep pace with the City’s growth.
At Monday night’s Regular Council meeting, Surrey City Council received an update on the $428 million committed to capital projects.
“Twenty-eight significant projects are part of this sweeping capital program that will ensure the quality of life in Surrey is not only maintained but improved on,” said Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum on Tuesday.
“Surrey City Council has ensured the funds collected from the Capital Parcel Tax have gone to exactly what it was created for. The projects of the Surrey Invests program will add new and improved recreational facilities, arenas, sports fields, parks, and arts and culture amenities. I am proud that we have been able to make good on this comprehensive plan that will benefit the residents of Surrey both now and well into the future.”
Strangely though, while Councillors Linda Annis, Brenda Locke and Jack Hundial voted in favour of the corporate report on these projects, they had opposed the payments for them during the budget.
Councillor Laurie Guerra told The VOICE that these three councillors “opposed every budget item that we had to vote for in City Council.”
The following is a list of the 28 projects of the Surrey Invests capital infrastructure program:
1. Newton Community Centre with Olympic size pool and land acquisition ($100M)
2. Cloverdale Sport and Ice Complex ($55.1M)
3. City Centre Sports Complex ($40M)
4. Bear Creek Athletics Centre ($27.5M)
5. 7.5 km of Colebrook dyke upgrades ($25M)
6. King George Nicomekl Bridge replacements ($22M)
7. Nicomekl Riverfront Park ($19.5M)
8. Fraser Highway widening: 138 St. to 148 St. ($17M)
9. CMHC Housing Initiative: Little’s Place Project ($16.4M)
10. 32 Avenue Corridor: King George to 140 Street ($16M)
11. 20 Avenue Highway 99 Overpass ($14M)
12. CMHC Rapid Housing Initiative: Youth Housing ($13.8M)
13. 84 Avenue Connector: King George to 140 Street ($13M)
14. 152 Street road widening ($10M)
15. South Surrey Athletic Park track replacement and new synthetic field ($6M)
16. Tamanawis Park 3rd hockey turf and changeroom ($5.7M)
17. Newton new synthetic turf field, walking loop and changeroom ($5.5M)
18. Synthetic turf field replacement at 5 locations ($4M)
19. Police Training Facility ($4M)
20. North Surrey Outdoor Sport Facility ($3.7M)
21. Disc Golf at Port Mann Park ($2.1M)
22. South Surrey Indigenous Carving Centre ($1.5M)
23. Sunnyside Reservoir Pickleball and Bike Park ($0.8M)
24. New park washrooms ($0.75M)
25. Crescent Park Pickleball Courts ($0.6M)
26. North Surrey Indigenous Carving Centre ($0.5M)
27. Outdoor volleyball courts ($0.3M)
28. New park shelters ($0.15M)
The full corporate report can be read here.