Recovery and restoration efforts related to Westminster Pier Park timber wharf fire - UPDATE
April 1, 2021
Westminster Pier Park Reopening
Westminster Pier Park will be re-opening at 9:00 am on Friday, April 2, 2021.
The new play area located below the Sixth Street pedestrian overpass will also be open. When visiting the park, please keep your distance and continue to follow COVID-19 protocols.
The City of New Westminster has completed the demolition of the pier including the removal of all debris and piles from the river surface and shoreline. Work has also been completed to stabilize the shoreline next to the rail lines.
Work is underway, in consultation with First Nations, Provincial, and Federal regulatory agencies and appropriate professionals, to remove sunken debris and mitigate any adverse environmental impacts on the Fraser River riverbed. Part of this in-water work includes water and sediment sampling. This work started January 4, 2021 and is anticipated to be complete at the end of February 2021, weather dependent.
Please note, noise from tug boats, machinery, pumps and generators is anticipated, however is not expected to be louder than a highway diesel truck. Beginning Saturday January 16, 2021 work will also take place on Saturdays starting at 7am. These extended hours are required to meet the permitted in-river fisheries window schedule of February 28, 2021, ensuring the work is completed as quickly as possible under the Provincial Ministry of Environment emergency mandate.
Front Street Parkade Reopening
The Front Street Parkade is fully reopened to the public.