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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. For the last few years the City has held a Design Challenge for designers to submit concepts for a pop-up space in City Centre.

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.

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. Check out the 2016 winning submissions and finalists. For more information check out Metro Vancouver's video on this year's installation.

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