What are your memories of Grimston Park?

New Westminster Museum & Archvies' Rob McCullough is working on creating an interpretive panel about the history of Grimston Park to be unveiled at the inaugural Summerfest in Grimston Park, Saturday, July 17. Rob is currently seeking photos, stories and comments from those who have enjoyed the park over the years since it opened.

18-month-old Wesley shows off an autumn 'treasure' found at Grimston Park. Photo: Briana Tomkinson
18-month-old Wesley shows off an autumn 'treasure' found at Grimston Park. Photo: Briana Tomkinson

New Westminster Museum & Archvies’ Rob McCullough is working on creating an interpretive panel about the history of Grimston Park to be unveiled at the inaugural Summerfest in Grimston Park, Saturday, July 17. Rob is currently seeking photos, stories and comments from those who have enjoyed the park over the years since it opened. Please comment on this post, share photos on our Facebook page, or email your comments to rjmcculloch@newwestcity.ca if you’d like to participate.

For 150 years the City of New Westminster has achieved much to be proud of. Mainly through the dedicated efforts of City residents like Douglas Grimston, New Westminster can boast a broad variety of green spaces, parks, arenas and playing fields. Many of these spaces would not exist had he not decided to act as a community voice; speaking to the needs of the City for healthy recreation opportunities. The City acknowledged this by renaming a park after Grimston in 1955.

West End residents rally in 2008 to preserve Grimston Park after word gets out that it could be the site of a new school. Photo: Will Tomkinson
West End residents rally in 2008 to preserve Grimston Park after word gets out that it could be the site of a new school. Photo: Will Tomkinson

Just over 50 years later a group of New Westminster residents rallied together to save Grimston Park as it might become the site for a new school. Their voice was heard and today the park is experiencing a renewal. The new adventure park with its play structures are being unveiled on July 17, 2010 and the voices of those residents who rallied to save the park should be heard alongside the rest of its story.

Our City’s history is the voice of its community and dedicated residents. All too often key components of our story have been missed or overlooked simply because no one thought to record them. Please take some time to put a few brief sentences together on what Grimston Park means to you and your family. These words will become part of the legacy you leave behind as members of our community. If you have any images of you and your family enjoying Grimston Park or rallying to save it please include them with your words so they might be incorporated into our interpretive panel for the park opening on July 17th.

Rob McCulloch

Rob McCulloch is a really valued member of the Tenth to the Fraser community. Interested in joining our pool of writers? Please see these submission guidelines.

Tenth to the Fraser