Celebration marks three new parks and trail system expansion in Queensborough
New Westminster, BC – A celebration to mark the opening of three new parks and expansion to the trail and greenway system in Queensborough was held today at Ryall Park. The $5 million in park and trail system projects was funded through the $60 million Destination Casino Project Development Agreement (DAC) negotiated between the City of New Westminster and the Province of British Columbia, BC Lottery Corporation and Starlight Casino.
“The three new parks and hundreds of meters of new trails and greenways we’re celebrating in Queensborough today are proof that by working together with our partners and community members, great things can happen,” said Mayor Wayne Wright.
The new parks and trail system are a welcome addition to the City of New Westminster and Queensborough neighbourhood:
• South Dyke Road Riverfront Walkway – continues connections already made with the perimeter trail that runs around Queensborough, allowing users to experience the Fraser River through look-out points and interpretive signs.
• Stanley Street Greenway – transforms an undeveloped road allowance into a green pedestrian route and provides an extension to the Port Royal riverfront walkway, enabling users to make a complete loop around the entire Port Royal development.
• Boundary Road Greenway – completes the westerly connection of the Queensborough Perimeter Trail and provides a continuous pedestrian and cycling connection from South Dyke Road to Boundary Road to Westminster Highway and the Queensborough Bridge.
• Boro All Wheel Park – includes features such as skateboard benches and a full-pipe and is already recognized by boarders and BMXers as “the park” to go to in Metro Vancouver
• Sukh Sagar Park – literally, “Oceans of Happiness”, transforms a vacant wet area into beautiful park shaped in the image of the eastern tip of Lulu Island and includes programming designed to encourage play interaction between tots and their families.
• Queensborough Neighbourhood Park – constructed on the former Queen Elizabeth School site, includes a picnic shelter, sports field, outdoor fitness circuit, tennis and basketball courts and a water stream feature.
“These new parks and trails are an incredible asset to our city, and particularly to the historic Queensborough neighbourhood,” said Wright. “I know residents from both here and across the lower mainland will enjoy them for many, many years to come.”