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June 5, 2012
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June 5, 2012

Westminster Pier Park opening celebrations June 16th – join the party!

New Westminster, BC– Saturday, June 16th is shaping up to be a day to remember in New Westminster as the city celebrates the official opening of Westminster Pier Park. Everyone is invited to enjoy main stage entertainment, street food vendors, roving entertainers and activities for the whole family from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The official park opening ceremony will be from 1:00pm to 1:30pm.

“Our new waterfront park will be ready to unveil on June 16th and we want everyone to join in the fun,” said Mayor Wayne Wright. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the transformation of our city’s waterfront than a big party in the park.”

Westminster Pier Park opening celebrations have attracted corporate sponsorship for a broad range of fun. Sponsored by Northbank Condo Development, the main stage will feature live bands that will appeal to a range of audiences. A children’s zone sponsored by Port Metro Vancouver will have a number of activities geared towards kids including boat building, on-site sandbox, bubble blowing and roving entertainers including stilt walkers, jugglers and others. Ball hockey, mini-golf, a climbing wall and more, will be found at the Youth Zone sponsored by The Co-operators at 6th & 6th.

“We know residents in New Westminster and surrounding communities have been anxiously waiting for the park to open and for the opportunity to celebrate,” said Dean Gibson, Director of Parks, Culture and Recreation. “We’ve planned activities and entertainment suitable for all ages. It’s going to be a great event!”

In addition to live entertainment and fun zones, foodies can have their taste buds tantalized at the StrEAT Food Park organized by the River Market. Participating food vendors include Wild Rice, Re-Up BBQ, Wally’s Burgers, Crepe des Amis and others.

Media sponsorship for official opening celebrations is being provided by Global TV, JRFM Radio and The Peak. JRFM’s Amanda Panes, Global TV’s Steve Darling and The Peak’s Laura Stevens will share emcee duties from the main stage throughout the day.

The City of New Westminster is encouraging attendees to walk, take transit or bike to the Westminster Pier Park opening celebrations. A bike valet provided by Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) volunteers will be on-site at the park entrance to provide free, secure, coat-check style bicycle parking for the convenience of cyclists.

The award-winning Westminster Pier Park construction project was launched in 2009, following the purchase of a brownfield property located along the Royal City’s waterfront by the City of New Westminster. At a projected cost of $25.1 million, development of Westminster Pier Park has been 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. The park also received a feasibility grant of $100,000 from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

For more information on Westminster Pier Park and the June 16th official opening celebrations, go to the city website at


Contact: Ruby Campbell, Event Coordinator

             Phone: office 604-519-1023/cell 604-834-3498