Surrey Bend Regional Park
Surrey Bend Regional Park is one of the largest, most ecologically significant areas within the Lower Mainland. The 348-hectare site is situated on an undiked section of the Fraser River floodplain, and thus has a great diversity of wetland ecosystem types. Space2place was engaged to build on earlier planning studies with a detailed design that will allow the public to sensitively access the site for environmental education programs, wildlife viewing, and other forms of passive recreation. The design response, limited to previously-developed parts of the site, plays with the site’s topography to create new views in and out of the park, and to create new wetland habitat.
The park is designed to accommodate and celebrate regular flooding, with primary trails and key park infrastructure (park pavilions, pit toilets) set above the level of frequent inundation. During most of the year runoff is captured in new swales and wetlands, which also reinforce the site’s character. Site planting will expand the riparian forest, incorporate native meadow planting, and provide low maintenance lawn areas for group gatherings.
Three pavilions have been designed to provide sheltered spaces for picnicking, group gatherings, and formal interpretive programs. Natural play elements and interpretive elements are also integrated to engage visitors in unique ways and provide visual landmarks through the site.
The historical filling-in of part of the site (pre-park development) presented one constraint to the project due to its inhospitable growing conditions. On-site soil mixing was carried out to amend this material, thereby allowing for the revegetation and naturalization of the site.
Research and Analysis, Concept Development, Construction Documentation, Construction Review
Phase one construction completed Winter 2015. Phase two construction completed April 2016.
Local Practice Architecture, Dillon Consulting, Braun Geotechnical