Cloverdale heritage: it’s a wrap

Cloverdale’s unique heritage as the gateway to historic Surrey has been recognized in an unlikely fashion – on vinyl wrapping for utility cabinets used to deter graffiti artists and vandals.

A scene from historic Cloverdale adorns a utility box along the 176 St. Bypass.

Cloverdale’s unique heritage as the gateway to historic Surrey has been recognized in an unlikely fashion – on vinyl wrapping for utility cabinets used to deter graffiti artists and vandals.

In most of Surrey, the city’s cabinet wrap initiative ended up using photos from a photo competition among students and area residents, explained Patrick Klassen, the city’s beautification coordinator.

“For Cloverdale, though, we wanted to do something a little more interesting,” he said. Three of the cabinets are wrapped in historic Cloverdale photos from the Surrey Archives. Other cabinets are wrapped in photos of the Cloverdale fairgrounds, the Red Barn Antique store and a nearby farm.

This cabinet next to the Cloverdale Bypass was transformed from a painted, non-descript utility cabinet last summer.

It’s all part of the city’s beautification program.

Community beautification grants are available to support projects and activities that beautify and celebrate Surrey’s streets and public spaces.

“We’re encouraging members of the public to submit ideas to us,” Klassen said.

Suitable projects include anything that will make their street more beautiful – from flower plantings, landscaping and neighbourhood clean ups to block parties.

Grants of up to $3,000 are available through the program, launched in 2010.

Apply at any time – more information is available at www.surrey.ca/citybeautification.