It's my assertion that public greenspaces should not be treated like nice-to-haves. They are essential, reflecting our need for diverse landscapes and uses to add spice to life. Further, easily accessible greenspaces and parks add to our psychological well-being and overall health. A part of this has to do with some of the obvious implications of this, which includes making … [Read more...] about Urban Greenspaces: More Than A Nice-To-Have
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
Today on Twitter, Mayor Jonathan Cote announced the city's first parklet will be built in Sapperton near Fratelli Bakery and the new Bloom Bloom Room flower shop. If I didn't know how long it takes to get things done at City Hall, I'd think the Mayor of New Westminster must be reading my blog. The first of five parklets planned for the city over the next five years, the … [Read more...] about The first New West parklet goes to …. Sapperton!
Hume Park is one of my favourite parks in New Westminster. Since moving to the east side of New West a few years ago, this park has become my go-to place for recreation. Side by side with tiny Hume Park Elementary (whose fate I ruminated on a few years ago), the much-loved spray park and playground, dog off-leash park, playing fields, outdoor pool, and wide, sweeping, flexible … [Read more...] about Uncovering Creeks in Hume Park
File this under "who knew?": Western Canada's only accredited naturopathic school is right here in New Westminster. The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, located at 435 Columbia Street is a graduate-level naturopathic medical college. Students applying require a university bachelor's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, or the equivalent and once … [Read more...] about Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine: Keeping a Medicinal Garden at Westminster Pier Park
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup™ is an annual event that helps keep our oceans, rivers, and lakes healthy. People from all across Canada join in to remove the human-made litter and garbage that was either dumped or accidently deposited into our water systems. This year on Sunday, Sept 23, the South Dyke Road Riverfront Cleanup—to register, click on the link— will launch … [Read more...] about Show Your Love for the Fraser River: Join the New West Shoreline Cleanup