Wednesday, August 27, 2008

September 10, 11 & 13 - Downtown Community Plan Workshop and Design Charrette

The City of New Westminster Planning Division is inviting all interested residents, business owners, members of community groups and advisory committee members to the Downtown Community Plan Workshop and Design Charrette, on September 10, 11, and 13. Come to one event or all three!

  • Wednesday's session, September 10, begins with an open house, where people can bring themselves up-to-date on work completed and projects currently underway.
  • Thursday's session, September 11, will start with an open house and conclude with a focused discussion on specific Downtown issues.
  • Saturday's session, September 13, will be devoted to a walkabout, followed by group sessions where an architect will assist in drafting solutions to design problems.
Please register by phoning 604-527-4656, or email

  • September 10, 2008
    5:00 am - 7:00 pm
    (Open House)
  • September 11, 2008
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • September 13, 2008
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    (Design Charrette)
  • Douglas College
    Room 1630 - 1640
    700 Royal Avenue
    New Westminster, BC
For background information on the Downtown Community Plan visit the Downtown Community Plan website at or phone Beverly Grieve, Manager of Planning, at 604-527-4698.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

8th Annual Royal City Jazz Festival

Sunday, August 31st and Monday, September 1st

Live music on the Quay Boardwalk

11 am Avencho
1 pm RazzMaJazz
3 pm Lesismore
5 pm Soul Assembly

11 am Bria's Hot Five
1 pm Arntzen & Samworth Quartet
3 pm Russell Marsland Duo
5 pm Amanda Tosoff Quartet

Sponsored by River Market at Westminster Quay

Friday, August 22, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, Director's Meeting / BBQ Debrief

NWDRA Directors and BBQ volunteers, mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 3 at 6:30 pm.

There will be a joint meeting for NWDRA directors and a debrief of the BBQ.

Place: Genesis House "Queens" office (the building across Merivale Street from Genesis House.)

Please RSVP to

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Open House: Moody Park Outdoor Pool Design Review

The design for the new outdoor swimming pool in Moody Park is well underway and community members are invited to drop by and review the proposed plans for this new facility. Staff and the project team will be on hand to answer questions and receive comments.

Date: Thursday, August 28, 2008
Time: Drop-in between 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Moody Park Playground / Spraypool (under the tent)

In the event of wet weather, the Open House will be held at Century House, 620 Eight Street.

Pool plans can also be viewed on-line beginning August 28, 2008 at or

For more information, contact the New Westminster Parks and Recreation Department at 604-527-4567.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Saturday, August 23 - QUAYSIDE BOARDWALK 2nd Annual Festival & Sale

Issued: August 12th, 2008


Quayside Community Board (QCB) hosts the 2nd annual


A fun recycling event along the shores of the mighty Fraser River in New Westminster.

(New Westminster, BC, Canada – 2008) On Saturday, August 23rd from 10am until 3pm, the Quayside Promenade along the mighty Fraser River in New Westminster will be teaming with treasure hunters and bountiful vendors for the second annual QUAYSIDE BOARDWALK Festival & Sale.

Organizer Quayside Community Board is optimistic that this year’s event is shaping up to be even bigger and better than the highly popular event in 2007. “Last year we hosted over 50 (fifty) vendors and an estimated 1500 (fifteen hundred) shoppers along the promenade,” says Crosty; President of the QCB. “This year we anticipate many more tables and shoppers, ensuring that this Festival and Sale is the largest outdoor ‘sidewalk’ sale in the lower mainland.” states Crosty.

As last year, the tables and festivities will start in the area of Quayside Drive and Reliance Court and spread out east and west along the magnificent promenade in New Westminster. This years festivities include the western band PALOMINO from 10am till noon, singing the standard favourite and guaranteed to get your toes-a-tapping and your feet-a-stompin’. The afternoon crowd will enjoy the pop stylings of BRYAN ANDERSON as he takes the stage for a rare solo gig from 1pm till 3pm.

As if great shopping and incredible music weren’t enough to make the QUAYSIDE BOARDWALK Festival & Sale a fun family destination – then the fact that there will be meat grilled to perfection on the BBQ, raffles prizes, balloons and face-painting for the children, and a little something uber special for your prized pooch or poochette can only mean that it is a must-attend affair!

The business quartet of: DEB KRAUSE REMAX ADVANTAGE, PUPPY PALACE, PREP YOUR NEST & DIMPLESKINS have pooled their talents to bring you the outrageous PAWDICURES. Yep, bring your canine to their booth and get a French Pawdicure or other swank nail decorations. These are the same ladies that brought you the Friday Night Fireworks during Hyack Fraser Fest 08, and have created this SPA for DOGS especially for the QCB and those attending the QUAYSIDE BOARDWALK Festival & Sale.

“We are pleased that this event assists our nearly 4000 residents to recycle their unwanted items by allowing treasure-seekers to find unique and exciting items for their personal re-use.” cites Mathew Laird VP, QCB and concerned environmentalist. “This is a fun and communal way to get the recycling message out to the citizens of New Westminster and the lower mainland.” conclude Laird.

The QUAYSIDE BOARDWALK Festival & Sale also works with several not-for-profit groups to assist them in raising funds during the event. We encourage you to enjoy a delicious BBQ’d hotdog and beverage served up by the NEW WESTMINSTER LION’S CLUB, while you search for a great buys. Take a chance on winning EXCITING RAFFLE PRIZES (gifts from IGA Market Place, Downtown BIA, Lewis & Wade Entertainment, Loonie Plus, River Market, Royal City Centre and many others) from the ROYAL CITY MUSIC THEATRE SOCIETY. At days end, items not sold by the vendors, will be generously donated to BURNABY HOSPICES to assist them in raising funds for the critical work in the community.

We invite Vancouver to come play, shop, eat, and dance at our 2nd annual QUAYSIDE BOARDWALK Festival & Sale. Thanks to our sponsor ROYAL CITY CENTRE and their donation of tents, this event will go on rain or shine. We invite everyone to visit for more details.

For further information, please contact:

Mathew Laird; VP QCB I T: 778.869.7900

James Crosty; President QCB
c/o Root Source Inc.
239 Sixth Street, New Westminster, BC,

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Your Opinion: The Best of New West

The New Westminster NewsLeader is running a "Tell us your favourite things about New West" promotion called the A-List.

Give them your choices, and you could win a hotel, dinner and paddleboat tour package from Tourism New Westminster. Cast your vote at

Friday, August 1, 2008

New Community Electronic Message Centre

Dear Community Group,

New Westminster Parks and Recreation is preparing to upgrade the manual Read-a-Board sign, located at McBride Boulevard and Sixth Avenue, with a new community electronic message centre.

The existing Read-a-Board, now 27 years old, has reached the end of its useable lifespan and no longer meets City or community messaging needs. The removal of the existing Read-a-Board sign is scheduled for September.

The new community electronic message centre, placed in approximately the same location, will be more aesthetically pleasing, have contemporary message capabilities and is scheduled for activation in November 2008. In order to rehabilitate the landscaping, due to the removal of the old sign, and prepare the site for the new sign, there will be approximately six weeks where no community signage is available.

The new community electronic message centre will be managed by the Parks and Recreation Department and serve New Westminster's community messaging needs as defined by policies and procedures that are in development. Messaging opportunities will be available to:
  • The City of New Westminster
  • New Westminster Arts & Culture Organizations
  • New Westminster Minor Sports Organizations
  • New Westminster Community & Non-Profit Organizations
The new electronic message centre will be capable of meeting all community messaging needs by means of text, images, logos and video. Information on the signs policies, procedures and how to submit message requests will be distributed this fall. Questions regarding the community electronic message centre can be directed to or by calling the undersigned, 604-527-4630.

Thank you.

Jason Haight
Manager of Business Operations
New Westminster Parks and Recreation