Recovery and restoration efforts related to Westminster Pier Park timber wharf fire - UPDATE
January 15, 2021
Sunken Debris Removal and Environmental Work
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. Additionally, 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. Part of this in-water work includes water and sediment sampling. This work will start 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. Sunday work will only be considered if delays are encountered that would jeopardize the ability to complete the works within the fisheries window of February 28, 2021.For questions or concerns, please contact Amir Aminpour, Engineering Projects Manager at or 604-527-3796
Westminster Pier Park Reopening
Re-opening of the park for public use is contingent on the re-establishment of a secondary emergency services access point from Front Street. A second means of access to the park was eliminated as a result of the fire. The City is working with CP Rail to establish a new emergency and service vehicle crossing into the park.
A final clean-up of the site (including the washroom and concession building) is being completed. Westminster Pier Park is anticipated to re-open by late February 2021, weather dependent.
Front Street Parkade Reopening
The Front Street Parkade is fully reopened to the public.