Accessible New West
Accessibility as a principle
The City of New Westminster prioritizes universal access for all members of the community. An accessible city benefits not only people with disabilities, but also older adults, children, people who speak English as an additional language, and people with strollers. Accessibility benefits everyone. To guide this important work, New Westminster has formed an Accessibility Committee and is in the final stages of completing a draft Accessibility Plan. For more information about the Accessibility Advisory Committee, please see their committee webpage. The Accessibility Committee is made up of community members and staff liaisons from the New Westminster Public Library, City of New Westminster, and the New Westminster Police Department.
How can the City of New Westminster improve accessibility?
We welcome you to share your thoughts on how the City of New Westminster can improve accessibility. You're invited to contact the Accessibility Committee at . Your feedback will be presented to the committee and appropriate staff for consideration and discussion.
Achievements and ongoing work
The City of New Westminster takes actions to become more accessible and soon this work will also be guided through our Accessibility Plan.
Recent work includes:
- As part of the Master Transportation Plan, Tactile Walking Surface Indicators (TWSIs) have been installed at all intersections on the Agnes Greenway.
- The City of New Westminster is a leader in building accessible off-leash dog areas.
- Play equipment and rubberized surfaces have been designed for accessibility at the Sixth Street Play Area at Westminster Pier Park.
- The təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre is a multi-year project that is scheduled to open in 2024 and we are working with the Rick Hansen Foundation to ensure it meets their accessibility certification process.
- New Westminster residents can receive a 50% discount on eligible parks and recreation programs and approved household members are granted $1000 non-transferable credits that expire.
- The New Westminster Public Library and the New Westminster Police Department have made important accessibility information available through their websites.