New Westminster News Leader

More signs for the times

Organizers of community events, not just sports organizations, may soon be allowed to post signs at four locations around New Westminster.

Earlier this year, in response to complaints from the New Westminster Minor Baseball Association, Royal City Youth Soccer and other sports groups, the city approved four spots where temporary signs advertising registration could be posted.

Now city council wants others to have access to the locations, and has directed the parks department to produce a report on its viability.

Coun. Chuck Puchmayr raised the issue at last Monday’s council meeting, saying events like the Twelfth Street Music Festival and Royal City Show ‘n’ Shine have hung signs alongside the minor sports banners. Although they weren’t supposed to, Puchmayr thought it was a good idea, especially if they were posted to promote not-for-profit community events.

He also suggested the city should consider putting up a small sign at each location designating it is a public space, and saying those wishing to post a sign there should contact the parks department.

Puchmayr said priority should still be given to sports registration signs.

The posting locations are Eighth Street at Eighth Avenue (Moody Park), Braid Street at East Columbia, Sixth Street at Tenth Avenue (Mercer Stadium), and Eighth Avenue at McBride Boulevard (Terry Hughes Park).

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