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.
Check out Surrey Spot, our new installation adjacent to the Surrey Central Skytrain station this July 20 to September 12, 2016. Student designers in the Landscape Architecture program at UBC created the winning design. Other summer installations are 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 Parks Planning & Design section at the City of Surrey. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.