Missed opportunity at Timber Wharf

Re: Urban beach coming to Pier Park

New West Artists submitted a 32-page proposal to the City of New Westminster on May 12 to utilize the “blank asphalt canvas” so aptly described at the east end of Weestminster Pier Park.

We called it The Community Engagement Devices for Timber Wharf as our plan included interactive features such as a maze, a labyrinth, a Snakes and Ladders game and a mandala, as well as a Fraser River walkway. However, the city was not interested in our proposal that was a low-cost attempt to turn a million-dollar lifeless dead-end park into a destination where people could bring their kids to interact with all of the stories that would have been told upon the blacktop.

I do not know if the beach volleyball courts are used more by people or dogs, but I do know that the city missed a chance to turn Timber Wharf into an interesting destination for much less cost than they award in grants to certain groups.

Richard Armstrong


New West Artists

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