July 23, 2015
Summer Fun in Surrey
What is summertime without cool, wet water fun? Surrey has a wealth of fun summer activity across the city. Whether you’re looking for watersports, boating, swimming or just running around in a spray park with the kids, there is so much to do here that you’ll never lack for summertime fun time! So settle into your new Fleetwood real estate and check out these target locations. Don’t forget your swim suit!
Bear Creek Park
Bear Creek Park is one of the most popular destinations in the city. It features scenic walking trails, a miniature train, and, of course, water fun. There is an outdoor swimming pool here, as well as a water playground. For those who prefer to observe waterborne wildlife, the park boasts two natural streams: King Creek and Bear Creek. Both are salmon-bearing and feature great opportunities to watch these neat-looking fish.
Cloverdale Athletic Park
Located in the heritage district of Surrey, Cloverdale athletic park features a very nice waterpark as well as a playground, BMX and mountain bike trails, field house, picnic tables and shelters. All the local teams take the field here as well.
Erma Stephenson Park
For something really fun and unique for the whole family, check out this water park that is entirely pirate-themed! Where else can you enjoy fun, sun, water and walking the plank all in the same evening?
This community park includes tons of fun activities for the family. The outdoor pool and a new, expanded and redesigned waterpark feature water cannons that can be blasted at each other, or a lazy river running through the entire park! Unwin also includes lacrosse fields, soccer fields and baseball diamonds which are wildly popular for the entire community. Other amenities here include a basketball court, playground and picnic facilities.
Located in a historic neighborhood in North Surrey, Bridgeview Park features all the amenities you could ask for in a public park. It features a playground, picnic area with shelters, and lots of athletic amenities including a multi-purpose field, two softball diamonds, basketball courts and tennis courts. Of course, there is also a fun waterpark for the kids to enjoy! In the cool of the morning or when the shadows grow long, take a walk through one of the scenic walking trails and enjoy the peace and quiet of the green space here.
Surrey Docks Watersports Centre
For those looking for something more on the water, check out the Surrey Docks Watersports Centre. Here, the family can enjoy raft building, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, power boating, river trips, canoeing and even more! The centre also features yoga classes, Pilates, a full gym and can be rented out to host the kids’ birthday parties!
Fleetwood and Surrey, BC is a great area to raise a family, and the wealth of parks in the region offer all the summer fun you could ever desire. If you’re looking to find an ideal home in a great, down-home neighborhood, take a look at the properties we have available, and contact us today to find your dream home!
July 20, 2015
Parks in Fleetwood
One of the primary attractions of any neighborhood is that of green space. The more parks and outdoor recreational facilities are available, the better that space can be. Fleetwood, Surrey, has a wealth of greenspace and outdoor activities to provide fun, enjoyment and relaxation for the entire family. Here is an overview of a few great parks available to residents looking to enjoy their new Fleetwood real estate.
The largest and best known of our parks, Fleetwood Park is named for the city and the Fleetwood family, who owned much of the park land in the early 20th century. First opened in the 1930s, it features forested trails, a natural creek and tons of opportunities for family fun. Among these are picnic facilities, a playground and a water playground. Fleetwood Creek offers an opportunity to spot fish and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Be considerate when visiting: the area is very valuable as a natural preserve.
Located at 16175-80A Avenue, right next to Walnut Road Elementary School, this park features both a vast open green space and a natural forested area. There are many walking trails which lead to scenic picnic areas. If you are looking for a nice, quiet day out, this picturesque park will deliver exactly what you need.
Charles Richardson Nature Reserve
This natural preserved space is a habitat for many native birds, fish and mammals in the region. The most significant portion of the reserve features a wetland habitat where the Serpentine River meets the Swanson Brook. This reserve features designated walkways and paths to which visitors are confined, so as to avoid disturbing the area ecology. It features excellent bird and game viewing.
Named after Edith Francis, one of the founders of the community of Fleetwood, this park honors her community spirit and contributions. It is located at the Fleetwood Community Centre and Library. This park features a 300m long walking loop that is very popular with locals. The space also features lots of greenery and benches as well as tons of exercise and playground equipment.
Bel Air Park
Dedicated in 1986, the purpose of this park is to simply add more green space for the neighborhood. It features a peaceful and scenic walking path and access to Hemlock Park.
Located at the end of the Bel Air walking trail, Hemlock Park is a gorgeous forested area that was added to the city in 1933. The large urban forest includes a number of beautiful evergreen trees including the Douglas fir, western red cedar and, of course, the hemlock trees for which the park is named. It features a ton of walking trails that provide a great natural escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
These are just a few of the thirty gorgeous parks located around the area of Fleetwood, Surrey BC. If you are looking to purchase new Fleetwood real estate, check out our buying and selling guides, and give us a call to start the search for your dream home today!
July 13, 2015
Fleetwood Town Centre
Fleetwood is a great town in which to live, offering a ton of recreational, shopping, and fine dining amenities for its residents as well as a laid back, suburban atmosphere that allows for a life of quiet comfort. It has a rich history and a close-knit community feel. The residents here treasure their community and each other. Here is a look at the history of this great town.
Fleetwood is named in honor of local war hero Arthur Thomas Fleetwood, a Lance Corporal who died during the First World War. A statue of Cpl. Fleetwood was erected in 2008 in front of the Fleetwood Community Centre and Library to commemorate this great man.
The Yale Wagon Road in the late 1800s allowed logging, fishing and farming to become primary industries in the region for settlers coming from Vancouver and New Westminster. By 1907, Edith (née Fleetwood) and James Francis settled in the area, and many of the Fleetwood family soon joined them, becoming prominent figures in the region.
In August 1915, Arthur Thomas Fleetwood joined the Canadian Expeditionary Forces and went to France to fight in the First World War. He died from battle wounds two years later, on September 8, 1917. At this time, Edith applied to the provincial government to name the town after her fallen brother, and she became a founding member of the Fleetwood Community Association.
The Fleetwood Community Hall and Centre
The Fleetwood Community Hall was built in the 1930s and still stands today, directly across the street from the Fleetwood Community Centre, which celebrates its twentieth year in operation this very year. Between the Community Hall, Community Centre, and the Fleetwood Library which all stand adjacent to Francis Park, the town has a strong heart and central gathering place.
1970s Through Today
Fleetwood is a community whose growth never seems to stop. Since the 1970s, the population has experienced steady and rapid growth, and manages to keep up with the new population, providing all of the amenities we need as well as maintaining our tight-knit community feel. The Fleetwood Community Association founded by Mrs. Francis continues to play a vital role in community activities and development.
In 1998 was celebrated our first Fleetwood Festival, which has occurred every year since. This fun and family-friendly event celebrates the spirt, wellness, environment and heritage of our lovely community.
A Great Place to Live
Fleetwood offers to its residents a broad variety of cultural and recreational activities including the Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex and a wealth of walking trails, gardens, water parks, skating arenas, party facilities and ball fields. Throughout the town, public art displays add to the cultural heritage and beauty of the community.
There’s no question that, with such a rich history and so many opportunities for relaxation and recreation, this is a great place to be. If you are looking for a new place to lay down your roots, take a look at our Fleetwood real estate listings, and give us a call to find your dream home today!
July 6, 2015
Summer Party Ideas
Summertime is officially here, and there’s no better way to celebrate your new Fleetwood real estate purchase than to have friends over for a barbecue or other summer party event. The trickiest part about entertaining in the summer can be coming up with fun and easy ideas for that gathering of friends and family. Fear not! Here are a few great and easy summer party ideas.
This is an idea that never goes out of style, but one which fewer folks are thinking about these days. There are few things more fun than a rain of candy, and the act of putting on that blindfold and breaking that hanging treasure trove of candy. While this is usually thought of as an activity for kids’ birthday parties, even adults can have loads of fun with this simple party game.
Fruit Ice Cubes
This can be a really easy and fun accent for your holiday gathering. Add small fruit to your ice cube tray—raspberries, blueberries, lemon, lime, orange, or even sliced bananas. When you use those cubes to chill a drink, they’ll add a splash of fun flavor that will improve just about any beverage!
Show a Movie
Sometimes at the height of the day, the sun just gets too sweltering outside and everyone wants to hit the comfort of the Air Conditioned indoors. Try hooking up a projector to your laptop or Blu-Ray player and projecting a streaming movie onto a screen. You can make a screen by stretching a bedsheet, or by just using an empty, white wall. Pop up some popcorn and have a cinematic experience right in the comfort of your own home!
For a really fun idea, wait till the sun goes down and move the party outdoors! Erect a screen right in the backyard, stretch out some blankets, and plug in your laptop, speakers and projector for a drive-in style summer festival!
Make a Banner
A colorful banner adds a sense of fun and whimsy to any outdoor gathering. Best of all, these can be very inexpensive to create! A quick web search will turn up tons of options for flag patterns, which you can print onto colored paper, cut out, tape together and hang wherever you like. There’s no need to spend tons of money at the party store—all you need is paper, scissors, tape and your imagination!
When the sun goes down, nothing illuminates the night like the orange glow of torches and candles. Place Tiki torches around the yard and line your swimming pool with white candles. These flickering lights will add a touch of elegance, class and sophistication to your party. Just be very careful to place them away from areas where accidents can start! Safety always comes first!
Getting creative with your summer party can make even the most low-key affair a memorable experience. Especially if you are new to the community, these ideas can help you to settle into the Fleetwood area with style and flair. If you are ready to move into this gorgeous community, check out our buyers’ page and then give us a call today to get started finding your dream home.
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