City Centre: Loving life in the new ’hood
I grew up in Newton and recently moved to Surrey City Centre from North Delta. My Vancouver friends thought I committed geographic suicide.
It’s been more than six months since I settled in the heart of downtown Whalley and I want everyone to know about my 10 favourite things about my new ’hood.
1. I can go for a pleasant and peaceful walk in beautiful Holland Park. That’s when I actually get my lazy self to the park.
2. I can take a friend to Central City mall and grab a coffee while relaxing on the nice sofa chairs in the mall. This is great if I have a blind coffee date with some intelligent student from SFU Surrey. Doesn’t happen often. A blind date that is.
3. I can actually walk to Surrey Memorial Hospital’s emergency department if necessary. This is great since I don’t have to worry about paying for parking.
4. I can listen to interesting guest speakers at the stunning new Central City library. This sure beats actually reading a book, unless I wrote it, of course.
5. I am blessed to have three SkyTrain stations in downtown Surrey. An extension down King George Boulevard would be nice so I can chill with my friends in Newton or Little Punjab.
6. Speaking of Newton, I am a short ride away from Strawberry Hill Cinemas. This is actually a major benefit as I am a Bollywood movie addict.
7. I can get some fresh air in the nearby Green Timbers Urban Forest. A one-time visit was enough but I am glad I know it’s there. Green Timbers’ trees are the lungs of Surrey.
8. I can pump weights, do cardio, swim, or ice skate at the centrally located North Surrey Recreation Centre. I visualize doing all this while sitting and soaking in the Jacuzzi.
9. I am proud to have a competent and visionary mayor like Dianne Watts who has put Surrey on the map. She is a shining star compared to some big-city mayors in Canada – not to mention any names.
10. Last, I am so happy I can afford my own beautiful condo with my own private secure underground parking spot adjacent to the SkyTrain. In Vancouver you pay more to rent and you don’t even own the place.