Westminster Pier Park selected as a finalist for Canadian Urban Institute award
New Westminster, BC – The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) has announced that the City of New Westminster’s Westminster Pier Park construction project has been selected as a finalist for the 2011 CUI Brownie Awards. The Brownie Awards program recognizes leadership and innovation in a number of key categories, including sustainable remediation technologies and excellence in project development at the neighbourhood scale.
The Westminster Pier Park construction project has been selected as a finalist in the category of “Sustainable Remediation Technologies and Technological Innovation” along with projects in the cities of Belleville, London and Cambridge, all located in Ontario.
“It is a truism to say that the jury’s decisions get harder every year, but this is indeed the case. The range and scale of projects continues to grow, and it is clear that brownfield redevelopment expertise has expanded far beyond simply gaining the necessary planning and environmental approvals,” said Glenn Miller, Vice President, Education and Research for the Canadian Urban Institute in a media release announcing the award finalists. “The emphasis today is on the quality of place and the contribution a project or program can make to the community at large.”
The Westminster Pier Park construction project was launched in 2009, following the successful purchase of a former industrial property located along the Royal City’s waterfront by the City of New Westminster. At a cost of $25.1 million, the project is being made possible through generous financial contributions from the federal and provincial governments, which provided two-thirds ($16.6 million) of the project funding through the Build Canada Fund.
“We’re very proud of the Westminster Pier Park project and of the fact that ours is the only project outside of Ontario to be selected as a finalist in this category,” said Wayne Wright, Mayor of New Westminster. “We look forward to opening the park to the public soon, making a new connection to our historic waterfront and providing a welcome amenity for our citizens to enjoy for years to come.”