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Westminster Pier Park | New Westminster Canada | PWL Partnership

With four awards for environmental excellence already under its “green” belt, Westminster Pier Park, a 3.84-hectare park situated along the Fraser River on a derelict industrial brownfield site, opened to the public in June 2012. The removal of 3,600 tonnes of contaminated soil and the use of piers instead of fill in the river contributed to the restoration of the site’s damaged ecology. The introduction of new habitats provides biodiversity for the riparian foreshore and river ecology with the goal of increasing fish and wildlife habitat. The urban park is built from robust, easy to maintain, man-made and natural materials that can be recycled at the end of its 75-year life span, a vital goal of the City of New Westminster.  With sustainability as an integral part of the park development, the design is not only sensitive to the site’s current ecological needs but also to its future environmental impact.

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