The second annual Surrey Door Open initiative invites the public to explore local attractions, venues, facilities, historic landmarks, and parks with self-guided tours and free admission all day on Saturday, June 22, 2013.
About Doors Open
The inspiration for Surrey’s Doors Open stems from origins in France where the first Doors Open event (La Journée Portes Ouvertes) took place in 1984. The idea soon spread to neighbouring countries and has since expanded around the globe. Toronto was the first North American city to follow the European lead and launched a high profile event showcasing constructed heritage, architecture and design as a millennium project in 2000. The City of Richmond has hosted the event over the last 4 years, and has grown their community involvement to over 50 open sites throughout Richmond. [Source: Surrey Doors Open]
Featured Surrey Attractions
While there are dozens of venues and attractions open tomorrow, there are a few special events happening around town as well. Here’s the rundown:
1:00pm at Newton Recreation Centre (13730 72nd Ave)
- Opening Prayer- Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre
- Welcoming and Opening Remarks- Councillor Judy Villeneuve
- City of Surrey Heritage Re-enactments
Artisans At Bear Creek Park
11:00am to 4:00pm at Bear Creek Park (13750 88th Ave)
- Work from local artists and crafters
- Activity zones for kids and adults
- Local ceramics, painting, photography, sculpture, weaving, knitting and more.
- Tours of Bear Creek Gardens offered hourly starting at 11:00am.
Outdoor Painting Challenge
9:30am to 3:00pm at Bear Creek Park
Hosted by the Surrey Arts Council. A 10″ x 12″ painting surface will be supplied and you can paint anywhere within Bear Creek Park. The Challenge is juried by Bob McMurray, AFCA, FCA and Wendy Mould, FCA.
Newton Community Festival
11:00am to 4:00pm at the Newton Recreation Centre (13730 72nd Ave)
A staple of Newton’s summer, the Newton Community Festival celebrates its 18th year of family fun on June 22nd during Surrey Doors Open.
- Main Stage featuring live music and dance
- Sport and fitness demonstrations
- Free drop-in programs
- Arts, crafts and kids activities
- Bouncy castle and play zone
- Prizes, giveaways
Surrey Doors Open Guide
At each Doors Open site you can pick up a brochure to take around to others and collect stamps, like a passport. For every 5 stamps you collect, you will be entered into a prize draw, just drop off your completed brochure at your last stop. All participating venues are listed online [Download the PDF].
Hop on a free hop-on/hop-off trolleys to get around to Surrey Doors Open sites as well. You can catch them regularly between 11:00am and 4:00pm from North Surrey Recreation Centre (10275 City Parkway); Bear Creek Park (access off of 88th ave east of King George Blvd), Newton Recreation Centre (13730 72nd street); and Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara (7050 120th street).
Sign up for the Surrey Doors Open e-Bulletin for more information leading up to the big event. Miss604 is a proud Media Partner of Surrey Doors Open 2013.