It’s no secret that I was born and raised in Surrey, and when people ask where I went to school or which neighbourhood I was in I do not hesitate to say Whalley – despite the judgement that may follow. You see, Surrey has a bad reputation in the eyes of some and once you take a closer look, you might wonder why.
I lived next to a park with playground, wooded area with fitness circuit, baseball diamonds, swimming pool, and soccer fields. I rode my bike or walked to the corner store to buy penny candy (which was 5 cent candy at the time) and stayed out past twilight playing adventure games in our yard or tree-fort. I loved my childhood home. When my friend and I would walk over to Gateway SkyTrain station to head downtown we were always nervous to get off at Broadway or Granville stations. Were they safe? It was pretty much news to me that I grew up in the area people are currently calling Surrey’s “Inner City”.
A few weeks ago I went for a photowalk with my sister and three of my nephews around my old stomping grounds. We checked out the new community centre and skate park, the home of Whalley Little League, walked down King George Highway, and ended up at the Surrey Farmers Market at Central City.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be profiling a different neighbourhood in Surrey by way of a photowalk with my sister. If you’re in the area, feel free to join us (I’ll put a note on Twitter with exact times) as I capture Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, Cloverdale, and Fraser Heights and South Surrey.