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2012 Brownfields

City of New Westminster, British Columbia

Westminster Pier Park


To reclaim a valuable brownfield site, protect the environment from the effects of previous industrial uses, and address a shortfall in parkland and open space.


In just three years, Westminster Pier Park has been transformed from a contaminated brownfield into a sparkling waterfront jewel that will stimulate tourism and revitalize downtown New Westminster. Featuring a boardwalk and ample green space, the park provides a strategically located site for hosting major community events.


  • About 4,000 m2 of intertidal riparian foreshore has been reclaimed.
  • Approximately 3,600 tonnes of contaminated soil were removed and remediated.
  • Rezoning to parkland will reduce GHG emissions by about 1,800 tonnes annually.
  • Local economic impact is estimated at $70 million.

This project received support from FCM's Green Municipal Fund.


Page Updated: 23/04/2014