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Pier Park takes award in Big Apple
Westminster Pier Park was an award winner in the Big Apple on Monday.
The city received the 2013 Downtown Pinnacle Award for development of public space from the International Downtown Association at its annual conference in New York City.
It was among 24 entries in the category that recognized capital improvements that enhance urban design, physical function or economic viability of a downtown and the community.
“Each year the IDA Awards Jury honours the very best programs and projects in each category to recognize great work and, most importantly, to set the standard for best practice in our industry,” said IDA president and CEO David Downey.
“Westminster Pier Park is a wonderful example for downtowns to emulate.”
The award, one of several it has received since it was opened in 2012, was accepted by Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Area executive director Kendra Johnston.
“When we learned that the City of New Westminster was being recognized with another award for Westminster Pier Park at the conference we were attending we didn’t hesitate to accept the offer to participate,” said Johnston.
“A lot of work is underway to revitalize our downtown and make it a place for businesses and residents to thrive. Westminster Pier Park is a big part of that.”
Mayor Wayne Wright said once again the park is being recognized as a valuable community asset.
“Providing a unique space where residents and visitors alike can walk, play, connect with one another or simply enjoy the river is part of an overall vision for our downtown that is re-energizing this historic part of our city.”