Over the summer I have seen underappreciated spaces in New Westminster become increasingly more exciting, personalized and playful. Three new artworks that are contributing to what I last called the placemaking of our city’s public sites include the “Stop and Stare” portraits in the New West Skytrain station, the Eco-Art works in Moody Park, and the Columbia Street mural. What … [Read more...] about Three New Public Art Works, All Created By Community
Summer heat came early with a May that was one of the driest on record, and it's only getting hotter. Thankfully, New West has a pretty great list of spray parks, splash pools and even a couple beaches where you can suntan on hot sand. Spray Parks: Open from 10am-7pm, Victoria Day to Labour Day Queens Park - A classic spot for summer fun, the thick trees of the park make it … [Read more...] about Stay cool, New West: Summer fun at spray parks, splash pools, and beaches
This Saturday, June 16, the new Westminster Pier Park will open with a celebration from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be lots of fun, family-friendly activities, food and live music. The upcoming event makes me marvel at how lucky we are in New Westminster when it comes to outdoor play areas. The new Pier Park will feature two playgrounds, a concession, washrooms and playing … [Read more...] about Best playgrounds in New West: what are your favourites?
Well, it's the Thanksgiving long weekend. And I thought that it might be a good idea to look around me, and take stock of all of the things that I have to be thankful for, particularly here in my adopted home of New Westminster. Here in Canada, our Thanksgiving is based around the Anglican calendar, a liturgical festival that quietly mirrors the pagan Harvest Festivals in … [Read more...] about It’s A New West Thankgiving Thanks-Fest!
Recently, we have had some excellent posts here on Tenth to the Fraser by New Westminster resident, historian and Friend of the “New Westminster Museum and Archives” Ken Wilkinson. Based on some survey results and the readership statistics, I know that Ken’s articles are popular and anticipated by our readers. To add to this genre, I will be posting an occasional guest post … [Read more...] about Recollections of Childhood in Moody Park in the 1950’s
We often hear that New Westminster is a small town, not just in size but in style. And that can be both good and bad. This week, in the Moody Park Youth Centre's campaign to win a $25,000 grant in an online contest, there was a whole lot of good going around. It seemed that the whole town pulled together for the youth centre. To win the big prize, New Westminster went head to … [Read more...] about New West councillors pull all-nighter voting for youth centre in Kraft contest