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A competitor takes part in a turban tying competition in Surrey earlier this year. The city has a vibrant South Asian culture.
‘Crime is an overhead you have to pay if you want to live in the city’
– George Moscone, San Francisco mayor (1976-78)
SURREY, B.C. — The parking lot of the Newton Arena & Community Centre leads out onto 136B St. About 3,000 square metres in size, the concrete slab holds 92 stalls and a plethora of trees. Across the road is the Recreation Centre, which houses the popular wave pool, a gymnasium and the only public wrestling room in the city.
A well-used slab of Canadian ice sits inside the arena. Bench seating for 150, a scoreboard and skate shop. Black metal beams drape over the frozen surface, local advertisements line the walls on each side. The City of Surrey offers skating programs for all ages here, as well as various leagues, including Tot’s Fun Hockey, and sledge hockey lessons for those who want to learn the Paralympic sport. The arena, which also houses the local bus terminal, is the heart of the local community. All veins lead to the block that inhabits the two recreational buildings.