Fleetwood Town Centre
|Fleetwood, British Columbia|
An East facing view of Downtown Fleetwood along Fraser Highway & 160 Street
|Regional District||Metro Vancouver|
|City||Surrey, British Columbia|
|• Mayor||Dianne Watts|
|• MP (Fed.)||Nina Grewal (Conservative)|
|• MLA (Prov.)||Jagrup Brar (NDP)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
After the Yale Wagon Road (officially the Grand Trunk Road, now Old Yale Road) opened in the late 19th century, farming, logging and fishing became the primary industries of new settlers from New Westminster and Vancouver.
In 1907, Edith and James Francis settled near present-day 160 Street and Fraser Highway. Over the next decade, several of Edith's family — whose birth name was Fleetwood — joined them. In August 1915, Edith’s brother, Arthur Thomas Fleetwood (also known as Tom Fleetwood) joined the 47th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, and he was sent to France to fight in World War I. He died as a result of battle wounds on 8 September 1917.
Edith applied to the provincial government for a charter to name her community after her brother. In 1923, local residents formed the Fleetwood Community Association, with Edith as one of the founding members. The Fleetwood Community Hall was built in the 1930s, and is located across from the Fleetwood Community Centre, which opened in 1995.
The Fleetwood Community Association commissioned a life-sized bronze of Thomas Fleetwood which was unveiled on 6 September 2008 at the Fleetwood Community Center.
Rapid population growth beginning in the 1970s brought with it retail, commercial and multi-family residential developments. Residents turned down attempts to develop light industrial properties. A branch of the Surrey Public Library, the Fleetwood Library, serves the local neighbourhood. The Fleetwood Community Center and the adjacent walking park, Francis Park, serves the whole Fleetwood area and beyond. The Surrey Sports and Leisure Center is managed by the manager of the Fleetwood Community Center. The last amenity to be developed by the City of Surrey was a pedestrian activated traffic light at the intersection of 160th Street and 83rd Avenue.
- Penner, Wanda. "History of Fleetwood". Fleetwood Community Association. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
- "Fleetwood (urban community)". BC Geographical Names. http://apps.gov.bc.ca/pub/bcgnws/names/12884.html.