This construction of this project completed on December 31, 2021.
The new play area will be officially opened by Mayor Jonathan Coté, New Westminster City Council, and the Province of BC on April 27, 2022 at 10:00 am.
The City of New Westminster undertook the removal and replacement of the Tugger Pilot House located at 830 Quayside Drive along the Waterfront Esplanade in 2019. The structure had approached the end of its reasonable life cycle and was in decline due to significant structural corrosion and many years of heavy vandalism.
Staff have collaborated with Contexture Design to develop a design concept for the replacement of the Tugger Pilot House. The design concept is inspired by tugboats pulling a barge loaded with wood fibre, a common sighting along on the working riverfront in New Westminster. The new design will continue to serve as an iconic placemaking feature and community gathering place on the riverfront, with a particularly memorable experience for children. This project was paused in spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but was restarted in April 2021 with completion anticipated in fall 2021.