PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.
The park is the first phase in the city’s long-term vision to integrate the waterfront with the historic downtown core, and to reconnect people to the previously industrialized Fraser River. Formerly an industrial brownfield, the 3.84-hectare park opened in 2012 at a total cost of $23 million. Contaminated soil was removed. A new pier replaced an old pier in disrepair. There are children's play areas, a festival lawn, plaza, sports courts and waterfront promenade. The shoreline is planted with native species beneficial to fish and wildlife and provides a food source for salmon on their way upstream during spawning seasons.
“This waterfront project responds beautifully to the desire of giving new life to a derelict brownfield site on the edge of the historic part of the City of Westminster. What is striking in this solution is the richness of the various programmatic elements and the response of the design team in place-making — not only in the diversity of spaces but also the overall quality of the detailing, its elegance and materiality. One can already see that this park will become a cherished destination to the inhabitants of Westminster.”