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Parks, Recreation & Culture Strategic Plan

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Surrey is a city abundant with parks, recreational facilities, and a vibrant arts, cultural and heritage community. The Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Department helps to plan and operate many of these amenities. To build on these assets, and to meet the needs of a diverse and growing community, the City is developing a new PRC Strategic Plan. The current 2008 PRC Strategic Plan expires at the end of the year.

The new PRC Strategic Plan will identify the greatest needs and opportunities for our residents. It will help determine important funding and infrastructure decisions, including where and how money should be spent. Learn more about the 10 PRC feature projects we're working on now, and share your ideas for future projects by getting involved in our upcoming events.

Current Phase

We appreciate your interest in helping us shape the future of Surrey’s parks, recreation and culture! We have now completed the second phase of community engagement - thank you to the over 4,000 residents and stakeholders that have participated and shared ideas so far. Your feedback is important to making sure we’re on the right track and to help finalize direction for the plan.

We are now reviewing your feedback. Check back shortly for a updated community engagement summary and review the project timeline below for more information on next steps.

Preliminary Feedback

In early spring, more than 2,100 people provided valuable input by completing the Survey 1 and attending workshops. Preliminary feedback from the survey suggests residents would like more walking and cycling trails, natural areas, community events, recreation/wellness programs, sports fields, fitness facilities, cultural spaces for children and youth, and local venues/studios facilities for the arts. These ideas were used to provide early direction for the plan.

Project Timeline

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  • Step 1 - Getting Started expand
  • Step 1 - Getting Started

    August - September 2016

    We started by assigning a project team, briefing Council committees, scheduling, hiring consultants and budgeting.

    October 2016 - February 2017

    We then got to work on an inventory of existing PRC facilities and services to benchmark current services. We also studied Surrey's population & demographic data and reviewed best practices & trends in preparation for the community engagement phase.

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  • Step 2 - The Big Ideas

    March - April 2017

    There are a variety of meaningful events and activities to get involved and help shape the new PRC Strategic Plan, including idea fairs, world cafe style workshops and online surveys.

    This process began with a series of fun and interactive ideas fairs, workshops and pop-up events across the City. In this step we connected with over 2,100 residents and stakeholders and explored early ideas, issues and priorities.

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  • Step 3 - Establishing Direction

    May - July 2017

    In Step 3 we dived deeper into key issues and explored priorities and directions for the plan. Activities included a second round of workshops, community survey, and pop-up activities at a variety of community events.

    More than 2,000 residents participated in this step by completing a survey or attending workshops and events. We are now reviewing feedback received, and will report back with a summary shortly. Input from this stage will be used to develop key elements of the new plan.

    In Step 4 we will check back with a draft plan to make sure we are on the right track.

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  • Step 4 - Checking Back

    August - October 2017

    In Step 4 we will check back to ensure that are no missing pieces in the draft plan, and that we are on the right track. To do this we will be offering a community survey and a public open house in October, where we will present a draft plan.

    More events to come! Check back soon for more information on upcoming events or subscribe below to our eNews to stay up-to-date about engagement opportunities.

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  • Step 5 - Finalizing the Plan

    November 2017 - March 2018 

    Starting in the Fall we will refine the draft Plan and take it to various committees for review. By this stage the plan will reflect input from over eight months of community engagement, and a comprehensive needs assessment. Once we have a final draft of the Plan, we will put on the finishing touches and present it to Council for a March 2018 approval. 



Contact Us

For more information about the project, please contact us:

Phone: 604-598-5858