And how fast are things happening? Very fast.
If you have looked at the plans for the new Civic Centre in Surrey http://www.surreycitydevelopment.com/pdf/Civic_Centre_Development.pdf there is no question that Sunrise Pavilion, the senior’s centre for Whalley, is not in the plans. However, the seniors were told there was time before they would need to be relocated.
Within the last two weeks, the seniors and several other stakeholder groups in the community were advised that the relocation was going to take place much sooner than they had anticipated. If plans go as scheduled, the seniors’ programs will be moved from Sunrise Pavilion to Chuck Bailey Centre in September 2011.
This move is necessary as the new road (103 Avenue) and the underground parking planned as part of the new Civic Development will substantially decrease the parking in the area until the development is complete. The lack of parking will impact the ability of the seniors to use the building.
Chuck Bailey Centre will be renovated to accommodate the move. So in addition to the Youth Skate Park taking shape at the south end of the facility, there will also be an addition to the year-old facility as most of the patio on the second floor is enclosed to add space for the senior’s arts equipment, billiards tables and multi-purpose space. Lots of building going on!
Laurie Cavan, General Manager of Parks & Recreation for the City of Surrey, will be meeting with the seniors’ groups as well as the community in January 2011 to insure that their needs are being addressed before the move takes place.
Given the growth of the area, additional expansion of the Chuck Bailey Centre is predicted.