Surrey dreams up its future
150 people in Surrey who put together ideas for the city's future mulled over a pro sports team or entertainment centre
by STEPHANIE FROESE, November 10, 2015, news1130.com
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) — She grew up hearing people poke fun of the metro Vancouver city, but now a Surrey woman herself, Shauna Sylvester sees her neighbours as visionaries.
The executive director of Simon Fraser University’s Public Square organized a weekend event called Thrive with 150 community representatives to dream up what Surrey could look like in 15 years.
“Could Surrey have a major athletic team, a major centre for entertainment, have light rapid transit, attracting populations to come visit like downtown Vancouver does?” Sylvester said.
“The Surrey of 2030 is a place that has really wonderful parks and recreational facilities that are part of the city itself. It’s going to be a thriving job creator.”
Some of the future vision includes fostering Surrey into a hub of health and digital media innovation.
The ideas are now being compiled into a report ready for city councillors and the public to mull over.