Westminster Pier Park
New Westminster, British Columbia | 2010–2012
The New Westminster waterfront was the historical heart of the city, but as it grew civic life shifted away from the river to Main Street. Our challenge was to re-introduce New Westminster’s downtown to its waterfront—creating a space that connects with the city’s roots and celebrates it’s people, cultures, commercial history and the ecology of the Fraser River. The result is a 1.6 hectares/4 acres of parkland on new piers, that need to hold strong for at least 75 years.
The park serves the entire community thanks to children’s play areas, large festival lawn, and a paved space for farmers’ markets, beach volleyball, and movie nights. The unique park design elements including the weathering steel time line band, hand truck benches, pile forests, river edge native planting, boardwalk, Lyton Square timber structure and photo panel seat steps illustrate the rich history and stories of the City of New Westminster.
2015 Waterfront Center Honor Award
2015 Royal City Builders Award - Landscape Design
2014 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Urban Design Award
2013 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) Regional Honour Award
2013 International Downtown Association Public Space Downtown Pinnacle Award