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Vision for Downtown Surrey

Vision for Downtown Surrey

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Paul Hillsdon’s
 Vision forDowntown Surrey 
 
e year is 2020.
Surrey is now the largest city, by population, in BritishColumbia.
anks to its new designation, the city receives anequal amount of media a
ention and investment from seniorgovernments as Vancouver does.Downtown Surrey is a hub of commerce,transportation, community, and culture for both Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
e Downtown core is recognized around the world for it's sustainable developmentpractices and innovations.
e area is a gem for diversity in Canada, featuring people of all ages, races, incomes, andcapabilities, living together harmoniously and productively.Surrey is one of the many cities around the world that took the initiative in the early Millennium to redesign our urban environments around sustainability and quality of life - indoing so, it helped stop and reverse climate change, and has created one of the best urban areasanywhere with the Downtown core.
 
e Jewel
Named to be the centrepiece and heart of Downtown Surrey, the Jewel is a six and a half  block public space in the centre of the Downtown core. 1/3 of the space is an urban square,featuring the transit exchange, water fountains, an open theatre, public art, a café, and a publicmarket. To the west of King George Boulevard, the park space of the Jewel will feature a largemanmade lake with boat rentals and a small untouched island for wetland animals, an o
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leashdog run, a mini golf course, a bocce court, community garden space, a restaurant overlooking thelake, a “Global garden” featuring plants and
owers from Surrey’s sister and friendship cities, anda botanical garden for weddings and other receptions.
e Jewel is a small, shared public space designed to feature a wide variety of clientsthroughout all hours of the day - this is the single, best way to avoid undesirable use of the space.By incorporating both a square and a park, the Jewel features a very urban, modern look, while still providing relaxing, get-away-from-it-all green space in the centre of Downtown.
e Jewel is designed a
er best practices from some of the best parks and public spaces inthe world, such as Central Park in New York, Bryant Park in New York, Pioneer CourthouseSquare in Portland, Discovery Green in Houston, Millennium Park in Chicago, Rockefeller Plazain New York, Trafalgar Square in London, Federation Square in Melbourne, and WashingtonSquare in New York.Recent experiences with Discovery Green in Houston and Campus Martius in Detroithave taught us several things about urban parks in the 21st century:

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