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Parks, Recreation & Culture Strategic Plan

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Over the past year, we have worked closely with residents and community groups to develop ideas for parks, recreation and culture facilities, programs and services for the next 10 years. These ideas have been used to create the draft Plan, replacing the 2008 PRC Strategic Plan. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in this project. We are now busy finalizing the plan and are aiming for final approval in early 2018. 

About the Plan

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 new PRC Strategic Plan will be a forward looking strategy that identifies the greatest needs and opportunities for our residents. It presents a vision of a healthy, green, inclusive community, where individuals, culture, and the environment thrive. To achieve this vision, the Plan outlines important funding, infrastructure and program decisions, including where and how money should be spent. 

Project Update

We have completed the third stage of community engagement - thank you to the over 5,000 residents and stakeholders that have participated and shared ideas. Your feedback is important to making sure we’re on the right track and to help finalize direction for the plan. Review the summary of our community engagement.

Review the project timeline below for a step by step overview of the community engagement process. We are now finalizing a detailed needs assessment and developing the final plan. Thank you to everyone who attended the open house on November 9th to provide feedback on the working draft. We anticipate the final plan to be available online in late February. 

Project Timeline

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Establishing Direction

    May - July 2017

    Through spring and early summer 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 stage by completing a survey or attending workshops and events. Input from this stage has been used to develop key elements of the new plan.

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  • Checking Back

    August - November 2017

    We began working on the draft plan in late Summer, 2017. Through this process we provided opportunities to check back with residents and stakeholders, including a third commnuity survey, public open house and focused meetings. We also took time to brief Council and Council Committees along the way. Continued and open engagement has helped that we were on the right track.

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  • Finalizing the Plan

    November 2017 - March 2018 

    We are now refining the draft Plan and taking it to various committees and working groups for review. The draft plan reflects input from the past year of community engagement, as well as a comprehensive independent needs assessment. Once we have a final Plan, we will put on the finishing touches and present it to Council for consideration. We are anticipating completion of the Plan in early 2018.

Contact Us

For more information about the project, please contact us:

Phone: 604-598-5858