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Parks, Recreation & Culture Strategic Plan

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We are making the finishing touches on the new Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Strategic Plan, which will provide a blueprint for determining PRC facility and service decisions over the next decade. The Plan is a forward looking strategy that identifies the greatest needs and opportunities for our residents, and presents a vision of a healthy, green, inclusive community, where individuals, culture and the environment thrive.

The PRC Strategic Plan will be available for download on April 9, 2018.

Purpose of the Plan

The PRC Strategic Plan provides a blueprint for determining PRC facility and service decisions until 2027. It guides future decision making while allowing the City to be responsive to changing needs and demographics. The Plan has two primary purposes: to set direction and to guide investment.

Parks Division

The Parks Division plans, develops and maintains the City’s extensive park system. The Division plays a key role in the stewardship of the natural environment and the engagement of our residents, through the delivery of a variety of outdoor programs, services and events. The Plan includes 49 recommendations for parks, including the develop or expansion of 45 parks across the City.

Community and Recreation Division

The Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Division is responsible for the operation of a variety of community and recreation facilities, as well as the delivery of programs and services to support lifelong health, well-being and engagement. The Plan includes 36 recommendations for CRS, including new community centres, ice rinks and program expansion across the City.

Culture Division

The Culture Division is responsible for the operation of a variety of arts, heritage and  cultural facilities as well as the delivery of programs, services and special events to support a vibrant and engaged community.  The Plan includes 73 recommendations for cultural services, including new community art spaces across the City, an expansion to the Cultural Grants Program and an Interactive Art Museum in City Centre.

Public Engagement

A comprehensive community engagement process was used to identify and prioritize the service and facility needs of Surrey residents and stakeholders. Efforts were taken to ensure a broad range of residents across geographic areas and demographic groups were consulted, including ideas fairs, surveys, workshops, focus groups and community meetings. In total, feedback from over 5,000 individuals and more than 250 community groups was considered in creating this Plan.

28 Booths at City Facilities and Community Events410+ attended 7 idea fairs4630+ completed 3 PRC Surveys250+ Attended 10 themed workshops6 project ambassadors40 000+ households received postcard mailouts28 000 e-newsletter subscribers recieving email updates100 000 + views on Facebook

Review the Summary of Community Engagement for a complete overview of the process.

Future Engagement Opportunities

Success in delivering the strategic objectives of this Plan relies on the continued involvement of the public and stakeholders as community partners. A sustained dialogue with stakeholders, through regular monitoring and updating of the Plan, will assist the City in meeting expectations.Two updates of this Plan will be undertaken: an initial review in late 2020 at the end of the “short term” time frame, and a second in late 2023 at the end of the “medium term” time frame. Community engagement opportunities will be offer during these plan updates.


Full implementation of the Plan is estimated at $306 million (2018) in new one-time general capital, $51 million (2018) in self-funded capital (community amenity contributions) and $26 million in new annual operating funding over 10 years. This includes the costs for planning, development and operating of all facilities, infrastructure, parks, programs and services within the Plan. Learn about some of the current projects underway now:

Key capital projects and funding measures will be outlined within the City's annual 5-Year Capital Financial Plan. The Plan's progress will be monitored through a series of key measures, which will be reported out within the City Dashboard.

Contact Us

For more information about the PRC Plan, please get in touch:

Phone: 604-598-5858

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