Surrey Doors Open 2013 is THIS Saturday, June 22!

Don’t Miss All the Action This Weekend!

By Kevin Chua & Sukhdip Basra

Surrey Doors Open 2013 is a free family event that provides the unique opportunity for you to be a tourist in your own city. A variety of sites will offer a behind-the-scenes look at Surrey’s rich culture, history, art and architecture. Free activities, guided tours, food and much more!

Holland Park Water Feature

“Explore & Enter to Win” Contest

Explore and enter to win a 1 Year Family Pass ($823 value) & More! At every Doors Open site, a greeter will stamp your brochure and for every 5 stamps you recieve, you will be entered into a prize draw. You can hand in your completed brochure at any Doors Open site on June 22nd between 11am-4pm.

Download the 2013 Doors Open Guide which lists all venues and details about the event.

Photo Contest

Win a 1 Month Family Pass ($114 value)! To Enter: Upload your photos of Doors Open sites and activities to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #surreydoorsopen or, email to Draw date June 25.

Check Out Last Year’s Festivities

Watch this video from last year’s Surrey Doors Open event to see all the fun that was had!

Explore a variety of sites for behind-the-scenes look at Surrey’s rich culture, history, arts and architecture. Here’s a sneak peak at some of this year’s venues…

North Surrey Recreation Centre

Looking for a place to get active and have fun? Then the North Surrey Recreation Centre is the place for you! Located in the heart of downtown Surrey, the Rec is a cornerstone for Surrey’s active community members.

The NSRC hosts numerous amenities for the community. There is a two level weight room, indoor pool, preschool room and much, much more. The North Surrey Arena is also located inside of the Rec and it is where many local hockey teams train and compete.

If you’re looking to whip yourself into shape, or if you’re just looking to spend quality time with community members, you should definitely head over to the Rec!

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is a local institute for higher learning. The university has three satellite campuses and the main campus is located in Surrey. Established as a small college in 1981, KPU has been steadily growing and establishing itself as a hub of knowledge and learning.

Kwantlen offers educational opportunities in eight different academic divisions, ranging from business to trades and technology. The university’s athletic team is known as the “Kwantlen Eagles.” The Eagles badminton team has recently won the CCAA Badminton Championships!

The campus is small and intimate; in the summer time the courtyard is a beautiful place to relax and catch up on some homework. Be sure to visit KPU on June 22nd and explore where some of BC’s best and brightest roam!

City Centre Library

If you reside in Surrey and crave beautiful architecture, then you don’t have to look far to satisfy your cravings. City Centre Library is a breathtaking example of modern architecture; it’s art on a grand scale.

The library has four levels and boasts 77,000 square feet of floor space but what’s more impressive is that 75% of materials used to construct it came from sources diverted from the landfill! Large glass windows are strategically placed all along the building to let in natural light and to reduce energy consumption.

There’s a lot more to do in this library than just reading books. Amenities at the library include a teen lounge, gaming room, café and even a meditation room for those stressful days. Make sure to check out this awesome facility. If you end up spending all your time there, no one would blame you and call you a bookworm!

Holland Park

For all the new concrete that’s been filling our skyline lately, Holland Park is a nice way to balance out construction and nature. This oasis in the city has been the site of many major events in the past few years, including 2010 Olympic Winter Games Live Nation site. Around this time of the year, you’re likely to see local high school students taking grad pictures by the beautiful fountain and walkways.

Just recently, the park was the venue for the hugely popular British band Mumford and Sons. Twenty-five thousand attendees packed the park and showed that you don’t have to go West to have fun, there’s plenty to do right here!

Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre

Another fixture in Surrey’s evolving downtown core is the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre. Named after the legendary Little League Baseball pioneer, the facility is located right across from Tom Binnie Park.

The centre is a hot-bed for activity, catering to numerous hobbies and interests including a skate park, indoor/outdoor basketball courts, rooftop patio, youth lounge and much, much more.

Just like the new library, the Chuck is a very eco-friendly and sustainable building. Features like rooftop stormwater supply system, utilization of natural lighting and solar heat capture ensures that the building will follow the City of Surrey’s Sustainability Charter.

Artisans at Bear Creek Park

Love art? Come celebrate and create art at Bear Creek Park! Local artists, crafters, dancers and musicians will set up in the wide-open spaces next to the beautiful gardens of Bear Creek Park.

This is a great opportunity for you to express your artistic side at one of the many activity zones. Activities include quick crafts, photography, sculpture, pottery and much more.

Interested in fun and games instead? Join the Play Squad and play short games, complete obstacle courses or compete with others in sport games. There will be guided tours of the Bear Creek Gardens that will available hourly starting at 11:00 AM

Bear Creek Park Train

Built in in 1968, the Bear Creek Park train we now all know and love was actually built in Holland and has a long history. Throughout its life, it had five different owners and ran in four different countries before arriving in Canada! The train has operated in Scotland, Wales, and all over England!

Hop aboard Eddy the Engine and Friends for a special tour through the forest of Bear Creek Park! After the ride, head over to the 18 hole mini golf course to break a sweat.

There will be a Special 50% off admission coupons during Doors Open.

Bear Creek Community Church

Located just right beside Bear Creek Park, the Bear Creek Community Church will be a great place to visit and relax after visiting all the other attractions in the park. The Community Church has a friendly and outgoing community filled with people from an ethically and economically diverse background.

The Church offers ministers for different groups and the service is offered both in English and Punjabi. In fact, they are offering their third annual SKY Vacation Bible School (VBS). VBS is a fantastic FREE week-long day camp from 9am – 12pm. Kids ages 5-10 years old will have a chance to experience different activities in small groups.

Come bring your family and enjoy a free BBQ (12noon to 3pm) and unwind while your kids enjoy fun activities such as the bouncy castle, carnival games and more!

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