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Walking Tour: Downtown New Westminster

May 17, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Downtown New Westminster has undergone tremendous change over the last 10 years. Join ULI BC, Lisa Spitale CAO with City of New Westminster and her team on a walking tour to see such changes as well as hear and see new projects, including public art.

The City has developed a 12-time, award-winning waterfront public space, known as the Westminster Pier Park, on a former derelict brownfield site.  At the gateway to the Downtown, Anvil Centre now shines and has become a cultural hub for New Westminster. The City is also nearing completion of the partial demolition of the Front Street Parkade and Front Street Mews projects, opening up the streetscape to daylight and the historic buildings located there while converting a once dark space into a vibrant pedestrian corridor. And to foster connectivity from the Downtown to the rest of the City and neighbouring municipalities to the east and west, the City is now assembling parcels for the construction of a regional greenway along the Fraser River.

All of these efforts have been paying off. Today, the award winning Trapp & Holbrook building has undergone an innovative, heritage façade retention and now features a high rise tower in the heart of the Columbia Street Historic District. Directly above and adjacent to New Westminster SkyTrain Station, Plaza 88 and the Shops at New West is an example of one of the first true transit-oriented, mixed-use developments in the province. And along the Downtown waterfront, the final two development parcels are both in process – one under construction and the other currently moving through the approval process.

On our walking tour, we will visit all of these sites and along the way, we will view several of the Downtown’s public art projects – WOW New Westminster, the largest Biennale exhibit in Metro Vancouver, the in progress Birds on a Branch mural on the Front Street Parkade, the Telephone Salesman, a temporary public art piece on the UFCW building  and “Wait for Me Daddy” an impressive bronze sculpture commemorating one of Canada’s most famous photographs taken during World War II in Downtown New Westminster.


Registration Details:
Member: $20
Non-Member: $30
*All fees are in CDN funds. 

**We will meet at the New Westminster Skytrain Station, in front of Safeway @ 1:50pm**

To register, click on the “register now” button below, or you can call ULI Customer Service at 1.800.321.5011 or email/fax a completed registration form (download registration form here).

Registration Deadlines:
Online: May 16, 2017
Phone/Fax/Email: May 15, 2017

Contact ULI BC to be added to a waitlist. If space becomes available, we will contact you!

Following the tour, we will wrap up at the Anvil Centre.  Here our attendees will walk through the facility and conclude with a light reception. Thank you to the City of New Westminster for their support and engagement with ULI BC!


To download a copy of the handout Lisa Spittle provided during the tour, click here. Also check out pictures from the tour on ULI BC’s Facebook page here!

Click here to view a list of attendees.

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