2019 Mobile Tours
Pre registration is required for ALL mobile tours & space is limited.
10:00am – 12:00pm
1. Med Tech/Innovation Boulevard (Economic Development) FULL
2. Phoenix Centre Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation (Advocacy)
Dr. Michael Wilson and Dr. Ann Wilson started the Phoenix Society many years ago. They recently retired but their vision continues to thrive. They offer a Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation program that has people from around the world stopping to visit. Their program includes counselling, skill development and a multi-step living program that includes supportive living, low-cost rent and eventually home ownership. A big part of the program is having the people who are undergoing treatment give back to the community through volunteerism. They have been part of the DSBIA’s Movies Under the Stars for over eight years. One year, it was noted that the number of volunteers had decreased and the reason was over 92% of the residents had a job and were not available. Come and learn more about this successful program.
3. City Hall (Public Safety)
Surrey City Hall opened in its new location in 2013. You will have a tour of the facility conducted by the Public Safety Department. In addition to seeing the architectural design and the public art, they will show you the traffic operations. They will also talk about a number of initiatives: Project Iris, Vision Zero and Home Safe. The Public Safety Initiative was presented in October 2016 and rolled out to the public in early 2017. They will discuss the community engagement process of how it was formulated and introduced to the public.
1:00pm - 4:00pm
1. Newton Walking Tour (Placemaking & Public Space/Safety) FULL
2. Cloverdale Historical Walking Tour (Planning) FULL
10:00am - 12:00pm
1. Whalley Walking Tour (Planning)
What were once blueberry farms, strawberry farms and a peat farm is now a burgeoning Downtown core. The Senior Community planner from the City of Surrey and a member of the heritage Commission will take you on a walking tour and explain what was there and what is there providing background on the development of the City Centre Plan and how it has transformed the area within a short time period.
2. Central City Tour **NEW**
Keeping up with the times. Surrey Place Mall was built in the 1970s. After the introduction of Skytrain to Surrey City Centre, the shopping centre underwent a massive renovation. In addition to upgrading the look and feel of the retail shopping space, a 25 storey tower of Triple A office space and a university was added. This work was designed by renowned architect, Bing Thom. Now the property will be going through another transformation. Bill Remple, Vice President BC Region of Blackwood Partners, will lead a tour of the property and show the group the future plans for the site.
3. Surrey FAM Tour (Economic Development) FULL
1:00pm - 4:00pm
1. Fleetwood Area (Placemaking & Public Space) FULL
2. SFU + Library (Economic Development)
Universities and Libraries can add a lot to a Downtown. Surrey has two universities. You will visit the brand new SFU Engineering and Environmental Building and the City Centre Library both designed by world-renown architect, the late Bing Thom. The tour will be lead by Michael Heeney who was involved with the design of both buildings and is currently the CEO of SCDC (Surrey City Development Corp). Representatives of SFU and the Library will be on hand to discuss programming.
3. City Hall - Special Events (Marketing, Communications + Events) FULL