Park(ing) event starts public talk

NEWTON РA small group of Surrey residents gathered in Newton on Friday afternoon to take over a parking stall infront of Espresso Caf̩ for a couple hours.

David Dalley, a community activist best known for his Friends of the Grove group, took on the Park(ing) Day initiative “to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.”

With a Persian rug, some live, potted trees, a couple musical instruments, a tent and more, Dalley and crew took over the spot as a mobile living room, using the space to create discussion between community members and, well, just for a place to hang out.

“There was just a small group of us, and some people stopped by to say hi,” Dalley said of the event. “I think the more we weave those webs of connectedness, the business community and the neighbours and community groups. I think that’s all good stuff.”

Dalley said that the group was respectful of the space, and though the event may have been in contravention to city bylaws of public space usage, there was no harm done. In next year’s event, the group hopes to gain more people in a different neighbourhood.

“We all live here and we all want to keep a stake in it, that’s the main thing moving forward,” Dalley said. “We want to work on building trust in a playful and creative way.”

kalexandra @thenownewspaper.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey Santa Parade may be cancelled

Annual parade in Cloverdale has seen security costs skyrocket

Semiahmoo Peninsula singer joins voices with vocal partner to form virtual choir

Singers share sacred choral piece online as antidote for dark times

‘The exposure is great’: Why this photo is a contest-winner for one Surrey adventurer

Nature photographer Eduardo Baena spends a lot of time in the wild

South Surrey hikers discover decades-old campsite hidden in Golden Ears Park

Group reconnects with original campers through social media, returns log book

B.C. records first at-home death from COVID-19, but 70+ hospital patients have recovered

Total of 970 novel coronavirus cases in B.C., with the majority in the Lower Mainland area

BC Ferries able to restrict travel for sick passengers

Ferries working on schedule shifts to keep workers safe

Pay parking suspended at B.C. hospitals due to COVID-19

Temporary free parking reduces need for keypads, contact

Canada expands 75% wage subsidy to COVID-19 affected businesses of all sizes: Trudeau

Program will provide up to $847 per week for each worker

Helping those at risk, one piece of paper at a time through ‘isolation communication’

Simple paper tool during pandemic making its way across Canada thanks to social media.

‘Back to school, in a virtual way’ for B.C. students in COVID-19 pandemic

Province adds online resources to help parents at home

Canadian COVID-19 round-up: Air Canada cuts 15,000 jobs, 90% of flights

Comprehensive Canadian news update as of 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 30.

Most Read