Fleetwood Town Centre

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Fleetwood, British Columbia
An East facing view of Downtown Fleetwood along Fraser Highway & 160 Street
An East facing view of Downtown Fleetwood along Fraser Highway & 160 Street
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Lower Mainland
Regional District Metro Vancouver
City Surrey, British Columbia
Government
 • Mayor Linda Hepner
 • MP (Fed.) Ken Hardie (Liberal)
 • MLA (Prov.) Peter Fassbender (LIB)
Population (2015)
 • Total 60,270[1]
Time zone PST (UTC-8)

Fleetwood Town Centre or Fleetwood is a town centre of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada with population of approximately 60,000 as of 2015.[1]

Boundaries[edit]

Fleetwood's boundaries are from 76 Avenue in the south (above Cloverdale) to 96 Avenue in the north and from 144 Street in the west beside Newton Town Centre to 172 Street in the east.

Infrastructure[edit]

A branch of the Surrey Public Library, the Fleetwood Library, opened in 1995 as was the Fleetwood Community Center and the adjacent walking park, Francis Park (named after Edith Francis).[2] The Surrey Sports and Leisure Center is managed by the manager of the Fleetwood Community Center.

The Fleetwood Town Centre Mall along Fraser Highway near 160 Street.

History[edit]

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.[2] 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 46th Battalion[3] 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.[2]

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.

During the Great Depression period, population increased due to people seeking less-costly properties.[3]

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.

Surrounding neighbourhoods[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population Estimates & Projections". City of Surrey. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Reid, Amy (2014-01-28). "Neighbourhoods: Fleetwood is a community defined by history". The Now (newspaper). Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Surrey History : Fleetwood". surreyhistory.ca. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 

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Coordinates: 49°10′00″N 122°48′00″W / 49.16667°N 122.80000°W / 49.16667; -122.80000