City Centre is about to become skateboard central with the opening of Surrey’s first covered all-seasons youth park, May 28th at Tom Binnie Park on 107A Avenue at City Parkway.
This further development of the new Chuck Bailey Rec Centre activity complex represents a vision and collaboration between the City, community, boarders, and local youth groups, to draw young people to this vibrant new downtown neighbourhood.
Funded by a $500,000 Federal Rec Infrastructure Grant (RINC) and $1 million from the City of Surrey Surrey, the overall site of 32,300 sq ft of total improvements includes a barbeque patio off the youth lounge and an outdoor street hockey court. The nearly 6,000 sq ft covered skate bowl area also accommodates boards and BMX and will be well lit in the evening during Rec Centre hours for maximal use in darker months.
A variety of structures throughout the bowl provide all levels of challenge, with lots of maneuver room in between. Being close to transit, playing fields, bike paths, eateries, Rec centre programs, and lots of other amenities, make it a safe and fun place to be.
“It’s so important that young people know that things like this developed because they do have a voice and were able to put their ideas forward,” says Laurie Cavan, Surrey’s General Manager of Parks, Recreation & Culture. They played a major role from conception to delivery. I think that speaks volumes about the type of community Surrey is.”
Opening ceremonies at 11am kick off a celebration day of music, sports competitions, and youth activities throughout the complex and rec centre.