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Central Parkway: "my favourite street in Surrey"

Central Parkway in Surrey with bus"This is my favourite street in Surrey," my wife said as we turned onto Central Parkway, the street the Surrey Central skytrain station is on.

I nearly laughed out loud.

We've only been living in Surrey for a few months. I grew up here and my concept of this street is informed by all those memories (lo these many years) of a rather sketchy bus loop. Not to mention all the bad press, especially in the 1980s of Whalley gangs who'd harass innocent bus passengers (never mind they were really high school kids looking for a handout). But P. is a migrant to the coast. To her this is all new.

And so is this street, now called Central Parkway.

Why would this short boulevard be her favourite street? Here's why:

The sidewalks are bricked. They're wide and spacious. There are planters that are nicely maintained. The street itself is bisected by bricked-in sidewalks. It ends in a nice little division at the South end, with trees dividing the entrance and exit.

The trees on the side are mature enough to help hide (or frame) the commercial buildings. They're some kind of deciduous, so it won't be as picturesque in the winter, but the leaves are small and frondy, giving a slightly different air to this street than if it were framed by, say, chestnut trees. Not that those wouldn't be nice.

It doesn't hurt that speed limit is 30 kmh, allowing the casual visitor time to absorb (if only subconsciously) the efforts that went into making Central Parkway a decently-designed pedestrian-friendly boulevard.

102 Avenue
Central Parkway is fairly short, stretching between 102 Avenue and 104 Avenue. 102 Avenue is bordered by greenery, including different species of trees.

 Central Parkway
Central Parkway has different shapes, with an island bisecting it at the Southern end. Note the sidewalk is brick, wider than normal. The deciduous tree is a little unusual too.

 Central Parkway looking North
Ok, I couldn't resist this shot with the guy stooping to pick up... something. But notice the patterning on the sidewalk. It gives visual interest. The planters punctuate the line of the sidewalk. They're well-maintained. On a people-management side there aren't any benches on the street. That keeps those punks movin'.

litter on the sidewalk
This is the sidewalk next to a bus stop about 7pm in early September – just after rush hour in other words. There's some litter, but not as much as I'd have expected. Note the wideness of this sidewalk and the patterns made of different coloured bricks (or cement).

 Central Parkway


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