As part of the PARKit design challenge a popup park has opened up by the Surrey Central Station.
The pop up park in the city’s downtown core will stay open until September 12 and has been dubbed the “Surrey spot” inspired by music, performance, bright colors and is filled with circular shapes (hence the name).
It has curved benches, planters, a bar table, xylophone bench, bistro tables and a street piano.
PARKit is about transforming parts of parking lots and underutilized areas of the city into temporary pop-up parks with vibrant urban green spaces. Each pop up is meant to animate boring grey spaces into exciting places for people to be and to allow pedestrians to stop and enjoy public space. Vancouver has a very similar program every summer at Robson Square.
According to Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner the park creates a sense of community and activity in the busy city that can be enjoyed by everyone.
“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 design for the pop up park was awarded the top spot in the city of Surrey’s 2016 PARKit design challenge. It was submitted by UBC landscape architecture students Huan Pan and Tian Tian.
The PARKit Design Challenge is an annual public call for the design and installation of a summertime pop-up park in Surrey City Centre.
Written by Luisa Alvarez