Surrey’s PARKit Design Challenge 2015

Surrey’s PARKit Design Challenge 2015 –Dueling Pianos” The City of Surrey is calling for submissions in the 2015 PARKit Design Challenge, a competition for the design and installation of a summertime pop-up park in Surrey City Centre.  Individuals and groups (students and professionals) are invited to submit their unique ideas for a creative, sustainable, outdoor public space capable of supporting 2 street pianos, part of the Pianos on the Street program. The winning team will receive $15,000 to fabricate and install their design. Honorariums will be awarded to second ($500) and third place teams ($250).

The 2014 PARKit design challenge was a great success and we received some fantastic entries by very creative teams –students and professionals. The winning entry was entitled “Gingham style” and was inspired by the traditional picnic basket fabric. The PARKit site is located adjacent to Surrey Central SkyTrain station, in the North Surrey Recreation Centre parking lot. This area has become an important pedestrian hub, linking SFU Surrey, Central City Mall and City Hall with the SkyTrain.

PARKit Design Challenge entries are due May 1, with the winner announced on May 8.  The site is expected to be installed by June 22, and will remain open through the summer. A site meeting is planned for March 24 at 10 am. They ask all applicants to register for the program and RSVP for the site meeting by sending an email to with your contact information. Students are especially encouraged to apply!

The City developed PARKit in 2012 as a pilot project to create temporary public park space, and to test the feasibility of mobile food trucks in City Centre.  The Design Challenge was introduced in 2013 to evolve the PARKit concept.

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