Landscape Architecture + Parks + Open Space + Waterfronts

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


Project Client
City of New Westminster
Project Collaborators
Worley Parsons, Dialog


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