News Flash

Posted on: November 27, 2020

Update for the Marine Drive Stabilization Project

Marine Drive Retaining Wall Stabilization Project - White Rock Waterfront

The City of White Rock’s Marine Drive Stabilization Project is ahead of schedule. 

The project, planned for completion by the end of January 2021, will be substantially finished by mid-December with final road resurfacing in the spring. ...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: November 27, 2020

New ‘Please wear a mask’ signs pop up around White Rock

Stay 2 metres apart and please wear a mask.

The City of White Rock is encouraging people to wear masks in outdoor spaces during the global pandemic when it’s hard to stay two metres apart from others.

The City has posted signs in public places, including in parks, on the White Rock Pier an...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: November 24, 2020

Response from City of White Rock: Sales agents testing water in homes

sink faucet running water

The City of White Rock has received calls from residents who have been approached by sales agents who ask to come into their homes to test their water. The agents give the impression that they're from the City. 

The City conducts ongoing ...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: November 24, 2020

Committee Volunteer Opportunities for the City of White Rock

Committee Volunteers

Volunteering is a great way for residents to get involved, provide input and expertise on important issues and make a positive contribution to our community.  The City is currently accepting applications on the following committees:

  • Advisory Desig...
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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: November 23, 2020

The White Rock Museum & Archives presents: The White Rock History Quiz Episode 2

white rock museum news flash

The wait is over! Episode two is now here! The White Rock Museum & Archives is proud to present the second episode of a series of video quizzes being developed.

The second White Rock History Quiz can be found on YouTube.

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: November 23, 2020

Cancellation of fitness, yoga and dance classes continues until further notice.

COVID-19 update from the City of White Rock

Following the Provincial public health order issued on Nov. 19, the City of White Rock’s indoor group fitness, yoga and dance classes will remain cancelled until further notice.

The City will send an update to all participants and will a...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: November 17, 2020

November 17 Wind Impacts in White Rock

Wind impacts in White Rock - Nov. 17, 2020

The City of White Rock is keeping an eye on extreme windy conditions today. Environment Canada has issued a wind warning, with possible gusts of up to 90 kilometres an hour.

Currently closed:

  • Ravine trails
  • All public washrooms without power

Please use caution...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: November 9, 2020

City of White Rock launches housing survey aimed at future housing needs

Housing Needs Survey

The City of White Rock is asking all current and potential residents to complete a brief housing survey to help the City better understand housing needs.  

The City is preparing a Housing Needs Report that will go to Council in the summer or fall ...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: November 7, 2020

White Rock indoor fitness and sports activities affected by new Provincial Health Orders

COVID-19 update from the City of White Rock

The City of White Rock is responding to Provincial health orders issued today for the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions by cancelling all group fitness classes and sports competitions at all indoor City recreation facilities until Nov. 23...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: November 5, 2020

White Rock RCMP Clothing Drive a Drive-Through Event

clothes drive donation

White Rock Community Policing and White Rock RCMP are hosting this year’s Annual Children's Clothing Drive at the White Rock RCMP Detachment on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s event is going to be drive-thro...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: November 4, 2020

City of White Rock welcomes $3.8 million in funding for COVID-19 restart

City of White Rock waterfront and the White Rock

The City of White Rock will receive a grant of $3.769 million under the Provincial government’s COVID‐19 Safe Restart Grant for Local Governments.

The City received a letter yesterday from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The Province is prov...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Water Main Flushing Program

water main flushing in White Rock

The City of White Rock’s annual Water Main Flushing Program takes place from Wednesday, Oct. 28 through to Friday, Dec. 11. Water main flushing is a common process to maintain the City's water quality and increase the capacity of the wa...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: October 27, 2020

Stay Safe this Halloween

Boy and girl carving pumpkins for Halloween

Stay safe this Halloween. Follow the City of White Rock rules for fireworks, the  COVID-19 safety tips from the BC Centre for Disease Control and safety tips for drivers, pedestrians and homeowners from White Rock Fire Rescue.

Fireworks in White R...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: October 27, 2020

Park for free at White Rock’s Waterfront from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31

Free Parking at the White Rock Waterfront Nov. 1 - Jan. 31

The City of White Rock invites people to visit the Waterfront for  breathtaking sunsets, fabulous restaurants and a variety of shops—all while parking for free.

Free parking is available at the Waterfront, seven days a week, with a limit...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Remembrance Day in White Rock goes virtual on Nov. 11

2020 Remembrance Day

The traditional Remembrance Day ceremony that takes place at the Cenotaph at White Rock’s City Hall is going virtual this year due to COVID-19.

The City is working with the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 8, to record a ceremony, complete with the traditiona...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Outdoor table tennis a partnership with the City and Kent Street seniors

Councillor Johanson and members of Kent Street Activity Centre holding table tennis paddle boards

The City of White Rock, the Kent Street Seniors Society and the Kent Street Table Tennis Activity Group have partnered to offer outdoor table tennis outside of the Kent Street Activity Centre.

On Sept. 28, 2020, White Rock City Council approved the constru...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: October 19, 2020

City of White Rock thanks small businesses during Small Business Week

City of White Rock waterfront and the White Rock

The City of White Rock is thanking small businesses during Small Business Week from Oct. 19 to 23 for the critical role they play in serving the White Rock community.

White Rock has more than 300 small businesses, in addition to home-based businesses. Eac...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: October 14, 2020

Traffic Disruption at Thrift Avenue and Johnston Road

orange construction work sign and flag

The City of White Rock is aware of the traffic disruption caused by construction at Thrift Avenue and Johnston Road.

The City is working with the developer to ensure that line-painting on the road takes place as soon as possible to help reduce confusion. T...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: October 7, 2020

Fire Prevention Week – Oct. 4 – 10, 2020

Fire Prevention Week Banner in-front of White Rock Fire Rescue

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.  According to the Office of the Fire Commi...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: October 2, 2020

Businesses, parking lots open during City of White Rock construction on Marine Drive

City of White Rock Construction Sign

The City of White Rock will begin work to stabilize Marine Drive retaining walls at “the hump” starting Oct. 5, with businesses and parking lots remaining open during the construction.

A City report from July 27, 2020, states that the r...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: September 24, 2020

City of White Rock’s first Economic Development Officer starts Sept. 28

City of White Rock - logo

The City of White Rock has hired its first Economic Development Officer. Carolyn Latzen will lead the refresh of the City’s Economic Development Strategic Plan and develop strategies to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Latze...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: September 18, 2020

The Fall 2020 Recreation Guide is now available online and registration starts Sept. 22

Fall Recreation Guide 2020

The City of White Rock’s Fall Recreation Guide is now available online, offering modified programs for people of all ages, including sports, dance, music, health, fitness, ice skating and more.

Online registration starts on Tues. Sept. 22 at 8:30...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Dogs on leashes allowed on White Rock’s Promenade from October to March

Man walking a dog on a leash along the White Rock promenade

The City of White Rock will allow dogs on two-metre leashes on White Rock’s Promenade between Oct. 1 and March 31.

On Sept. 14, City Council voted to continue the bylaw approved in 2019 for the pilot project. The trial took place from Oct. 1, 201...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Video of White Rock’s Strategic Priorities discussion available online

City of White Rock - logo

The City of White Rock held Governance and Legislation Committee meetings on Sept. 3 and 4 to begin the process of updating Council’s 2018-2022 Strategic Priorities to ensure they meet the future needs of the community.

The recorded discussion is...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: August 31, 2020

City of White Rock 2019 Annual Report available for review

2019 Annual Report

The City of White Rock’s 2019 Annual Report is available for public review, giving the public 14 days to provide submissions and comments or ask questions in time for the City Council meeting on Sept. 14.

Under B.C.’s Community Charter,...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: August 25, 2020

Sea creatures remind White Rock visitors to stay 2 metres apart

Blue heron sign at White Rock Waterfront reminding visitors to stay 2 metres apart.

Pacific harbour seals, blue herons and sea stars (starfish) are featured on signage that reminds visitors to stay two metres apart from others while enjoying the natural beauty of White Rock’s Waterfront.

The two-metre signs are among those remin...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: August 25, 2020

The White Rock Museum & Archives presents: The White Rock History Quiz

white rock museum news flash

August 19, 2020 – White Rock, BC: The White Rock Museum & Archives is proud to present to the community and beyond the first of a series of video quizzes that are in development. The first White Rock History Quiz can be found on YouTube at: ...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: August 4, 2020

Fall Recreation in White Rock

2020 Fall Recreation Guide

The Fall 2020 Recreation Guide is now available. Click here to view all the available Fall programs from August to OctoberYou won’t believe all the things you can do!

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place outside with physical d...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: July 31, 2020

White Rock revisits Strategic Priorities to meet community needs after COVID-19

City of White Rock - logo

The City of White Rock will revisit Council’s Strategic Priorities to ensure the future needs of the community are met during and after the COVID-19 global pandemic.

City Council voted July 27 to host workshops in September 2020 to make any neede...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: July 28, 2020

Scheduled appointments available at City Hall

city-hall-appointment-only

White Rock City Hall has reopened for scheduled appointments, with safety and cleaning measures in place to protect employees and visitors from the spread of COVID-19.

City Hall was closed to the public starting in March 2020 to keep employees and visitors...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Let's Celebrate Pride Week

pride flag

The City of White Rock encourages the community to celebrate Pride Week with the White Rock Pride Society.

The Pride flag will be flown at City Hall starting July 24 and a rainbow of lights will be displayed on the White Rock Pier from July 19 to 25.

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: July 19, 2020

Tonight’s public hearing regarding a cannabis store proposal is cancelled

public meeting cancelled

MEDIA RELEASE

Tonight’s public hearing regarding a cannabis store proposal is cancelled 

WHITE ROCK, B.C.—July 20, 2020— The public hearing regarding an application for a temporary use permit to operate a cannabis stor...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: July 14, 2020

Waterfront food carts return to White Rock beach with safety measures in place

White Rock Promenade

The City of White Rock is carefully and gradually reopening its Waterfront to residents and visitors, with five food cart vendors approved to begin selling food and drinks at the Waterfront starting July 15.

City Council approved the carts after confirming...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: July 13, 2020

City of White Rock announces new Deputy Fire Chief

White Rock Fire Rescue

The City of White Rock has announced that Acting Deputy Fire Chief Ken Molland is the successful candidate for the full-time position of Deputy Fire Chief with White Rock Fire Rescue.

Deputy Chief Molland has more than 30 years of experience in fire protec...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: June 29, 2020

City of White Rock seeking local artists for decorative street banners

Street banners against sunny blue sky.

The City of White Rock invites artists from the Peninsula and Semiahmoo First Nation to submit designs for the 2020/2021 street banners program with the theme My City by the Sea.” 

With over 150 banners, the exhibit aims to en...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Get ready for White Rock’s Virtual Canada Day by the Bay, July 1

Virtual Canada Day by the Bay 2020

It’s time to get ready for White Rock’s Virtual Canada Day by the Bay celebration now with community activities and ways to livestream the event on July 1.

Visit the City of White Rock’s website to access activity kits for all...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: June 23, 2020

Outdoor Fitness and Summer Camps available for Registration

Summer 2020 Recreation Guide - Kid eating watermelon, senior woman playing tennis

The City of White Rock Recreation and Culture is offering outdoor recreation opportunities with modifications to accommodate the need for physical distancing and other measures to ensure community safety this summer. A variety of children’s outd...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: June 17, 2020

Semiahmoo First Nation and the City of White Rock Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day - June 21

The Semiahmoo First Nation and City of White Rock, which is recognized as being located on the traditional unceded territory of the Nation, are joining to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. Held annually on June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: June 17, 2020

City reopens White Rock Pier on June 17, then all Waterfront parking lots

White Rock Pier reopening after COVID-19.

The City of White Rock is reopening the White Rock Pier the morning of June 17 after a nearly three-month closure in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The City closed the Pier, a popular seaside attraction, in March to help flatten the curve in the growing ...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: June 15, 2020

June 12 South Surrey and White Rock Chamber Town Hall on Diversity and Inclusion

COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker and Councillor Scott Kristjanson were featured in a special South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce virtual Town Hall focused on diversity and inclusion. The session included guest speakers who have experienced discr...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: June 11, 2020

City of White Rock reopening some outdoor facilities and summer camps

Lacrosse facility at Centennial Park in White Rock, B.C.

The City of White Rock is taking a phased-in approach to reopening outdoor facilities. With the direction of sport associations, and with physical distancing and community safety guidelines, City facilities are opening as follows:

  • Taylor outdoor lacrosse b...
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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: June 10, 2020

The Washboard Union will headline White Rock’s Virtual Canada Day by the Bay

Virtual Canada Day by the Bay 2020

The City of White Rock is excited to announce that country music favourite The Washboard Union will headline the Virtual Canada Day by the Bay celebration on July 1.

With its signature three-part harmony, The Washboard Union has become one of Canada&rs...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: June 9, 2020

City of White Rock will add picnic tables to expand outdoor dining

Memorial Park Plaza at the waterfront in White Rock, B.C.

The City of White Rock, with help from the White Rock BIA, is adding outdoor picnic tables in three popular public locations to help expand seating capacity for outdoor dining and public use.

City Council voted June 8 to buy picnic tables and place them in...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: June 10, 2020

Regional coordination of re-opening dates

City of White Rock - logo

Each municipality in Metro Vancouver is working diligently in re-opening parks, recreation, cultural and library services to our residents and patrons. We have learned a great deal with COVID-19. One lesson is to support each other by coordinating municip...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: June 5, 2020

Property Taxes Are Due July 2, 2020

Streetview of Houses in White Rock, BC - 2020 Property Tax

The 2020 due date for property taxes is July 2, 2020. In order to provide financial relief to our residents, the last day for payment with no penalty is September 30, 2020. This change in penalty date will allow a 90-day extension to pay taxes wi...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: June 3, 2020

City responds to growing parking needs during White Rock’s restart

East beach at White Rock with ocean waterfront.

The City of White Rock continues to modify its Waterfront parking to meet the needs of residents and visitors as businesses reopen or expand their services in Phase Two of BC’s Restart Plan.

On May 29, the City reopened the Waterfront Promenade a...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: June 3, 2020

Ludic, Mr. O Canada, part of the Canada Day celebration in White Rock

Virtual Canada Day by the Bay 2020

The City of White Rock is hosting a Virtual Canada Day by the Bay celebration on July 1 between 7 and 9 p.m., featuring an O Canada sing-along, an online marketplace, and two hours of entertainment that include comedy, music, trivia and prizes.

Tune in jus...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: June 1, 2020

Playgrounds Reopening on Monday, June 1

Generations Playground at Ruth Johnson Park

Four playgrounds in the City of White Rock will be reopening on Monday, June 1.

The playgrounds are located at Goggs Park, Emerson Park, Barge Park and Generations Playground in Ruth Johnson Park.  Reopening of these playgrounds are consistent wit...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: May 29, 2020

City of White Rock places staff in essential roles during COVID-19 pandemic

City of White Rock - logo

The City of White Rock is ensuring that employees are placed in essential roles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City has 146 employees on staff, with 62 of those employees teleworking. Although City buildings are closed to the public, services are availa...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: May 26, 2020

City of White Rock reopens Waterfront Promenade and more parking

waterfront promenade and beach waterfront at White Rock, BC

The City of White Rock will reopen City facilities carefully during Phase Two of BC’s Restart Plan, balancing the need to support businesses and residents with reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19.

City Council voted May 25 to reopen the Prome...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: May 25, 2020

City of White Rock welcomes new Deputy Fire Chief

White Rock Fire Rescue

The City of White Rock today welcomed Norman MacLeod, former Assistant Fire Chief with the District of Mission, to serve as one of White Rock Fire Rescue’s two Deputy Fire Chiefs.

MacLeod has been a member of the fire service for 32 years and has...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: May 25, 2020

Water flushing recommendations for safely reopening businesses and buildings closed due to COVID-19

Water Swirl

When buildings are closed or on low occupancy for any prolonged period, water in the building becomes stagnant. It is the responsibility of each property owner to ensure it maintains the safety of that water within their building.

The Canadian Water and Wa...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Resources for vulnerable available during COVID-19 pandemic

Resources for vulnerable available during COVID-19 pandemic

The City of White Rock is committed to supporting all members of our community through the COVID-19 pandemic with the help of our community partners.

A temporary homeless shelter has been set up in the Peace Portal Alliance Church gymnasium at 15128 27B Av...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: May 21, 2020

White Rock approves parking changes as Phase Two of BC’s Restart Plan begins

East beach at White Rock with ocean waterfront.

The City of White Rock is converting the temporary 30-minute pay parking at White Rock’s Waterfront to two-hour pay parking to support local businesses as the Province enters phase two of BC’s Restart Plan.

 White Rock closed t...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: May 19, 2020

City flags at half-hast to honour Snowbirds

Flags at White Rock City Hall at half mast in memory of fallen snow birds pilot.

City of White Rock flags are lowered to half-mast following the tragic crash on May 17 involving the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, resulting in the loss of Captain Jennifer Casey of Halifax.

2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: May 15, 2020

City reopens tennis and pickleball at Centennial Park with safe guidelines

tennis-court

Many public facilities in the City of White Rock were closed mid-March to keep residents safe and to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As we enter Phase Two as defined by the BC Restart Plan, the City has reopened the courts at Centennial Park at 14...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: May 15, 2020

City of White Rock launches online recreation videos

woman in orange yoga pants practicing ab crunches on a excersice mat.

Due to COVID-19, all City facilities are currently closed to the public, including fitness facilities. The City of White Rock is dedicated to helping our residents stay active and stay connected during this time.

The Recreation and Culture Department is pl...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: May 13, 2020

City of White Rock discourages visits to seaside city during May long weekend

East beach waterfront at White Rock with tide out and blue skies.

The City of White Rock is encouraging people not to visit White Rock on the May long weekend, and instead to stay in their own communities, as directed by the Province during the COVID-19 pandemic.

White Rock, known as the City by the Sea with its sunny we...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: May 6, 2020

City holds tax increase to 3.11 % despite expected loss of $1.8 million due to COVID-19

City of White Rock - logo

The City of White Rock has approved a Financial Plan Amendment to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that includes a projected net loss of $1.8 million to be funded from City reserves.

City Council also approved the 2020 property tax rates that will be used ...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: May 4, 2020

City of White Rock is taking action to help businesses affected by COVID-19

Business in White Rock with outdoor patio and spring time flowers in bloom

The City of White Rock is taking action to help businesses affected by COVID-19, approving a number of measures at a special COVID-19 Council meeting on April 27.

City Council approved the extension of a renewal discount for business licence fees for busin...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Stage 1 Water Restrictions begin May 1

Water Sprinkler on a green Lawn

On May 1, White Rock will have Stage 1 watering restrictions in place. In order to support and promote sustainable water practices, outdoor watering restrictions will be in effect from May 1 to October 15.

Residential lawn sprinkling is permitted:

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: April 30, 2020

White Rock Council prepares for COVID-19 impact with proposed Financial Plan amendment

city-hall-summer

White Rock City Council is seeking public input into an amendment to its Financial Plan to address impacts to the City as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including an expected net loss of $1.8 million.

Council gave first, second and third reading to the...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: April 29, 2020

White Rock parking changes respond to community needs during COVID-19 crisis

Parking lot at White Rock waterfront overlooking the White Rock Pier

The City of White Rock is making changes to parking at the Waterfront to respond to changing community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

City Council on April 27 approved parking changes that include:

  • East BeachThe 15-minute pay-parking spaces on the East...
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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: April 29, 2020

What’s Open in White Rock

What's Open in White Rock - local business store front

Thank you to our community for helping #FlattenTheCurve and staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our local businesses still need your support during these uncertain times, and many businesses now offer delivery or online shopping. Support your local...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: April 27, 2020

City of White Rock announces new Chief of White Rock Fire Rescue

White Rock Fire Rescue

The City of White Rock today announced that Edward Wolfe, Deputy Chief of White Rock Fire Rescue, will become the City’s new Fire Chief starting May 30.

Wolfe began with White Rock in 1991 as a career suppression firefighter, became Captain in 20...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: April 20, 2020

City of White Rock makes service adjustments during COVID-19 pandemic

yellow daffodil - service adjustments during COVID-19 pandemic

The City of White Rock is making service adjustments during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure physical distancing and to manage costs.

Spring recreation programs cancelledRecreation programs for Spring 2020 have been cancelled. Participants will receive a cre...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: April 17, 2020

White Rock Fire Rescue to parents: Don’t let your teens have fires on the beach!

Do not have bonfires on beaches.

White Rock Fire Rescue has a message for parents: Don’t let your teens have fires on the beach!

This is after four separate fires were started on the beach overnight April 16.

Firefighters need to be on standby for genuine emergencies right now, s...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: April 8, 2020

City of White Rock closes waterfront Promenade to help fight COVID-19

City of White Rock closes waterfront Promenade to help fight COVID-19

The City of White Rock is closing its Waterfront Promenade starting April 10 to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of visitors to the seaside waterfront.

Mayor Darryl Walker announced the decision today, anticipating groups on the be...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: April 6, 2020

City of White Rock mourns the loss of a person who passed in morning fire

City of White Rock - logo

The City of White Rock is sending its thoughts and prayers to a family who lost a loved one today in a fire in the 1400 block of Foster Street.

The White Rock RCMP and White Rock Fire Rescue responded this morning shortly after 7:30 a.m. White Rock Fire ex...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: April 6, 2020

White Rock turns off water fountains to stop the spread of COVID-19

City of White Rock turns off public water drinking fountains to prevent the spread of COVID-19

The City of White Rock will delay turning on drinking water fountains at parks and public spaces until the risk of COVID-19 has passed.

People are encouraged to use their own, well-washed, refillable containers with water from home if they are going out fo...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: April 6, 2020

New City of White Rock CAO, current CAO at Town of Ladysmith, begins May 19

City of White Rock - logo

The City of White Rock is pleased to announce that Guillermo Ferrero, currently the CAO of the Town of Ladysmith, will join the City of White Rock as CAO May 19.

Ferrero has been the CAO of Ladysmith since 2016. During that time, in partnership with Stz&am...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: April 3, 2020

City of White Rock making temporary changes to parking during COVID-19 pandemic

Parking changes in White Rock due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The City of White Rock is responding to the changing demands for parking during the COVID-19 pandemic, including residents’ parking, parking at the Waterfront and parking near Peace Arch Hospital.

Parking DecalsRecognizing the difficulty in renew...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: April 1, 2020

Supreme Court of B.C. supports City of White Rock building height decision

City of White Rock - logo

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has ruled in favour of the City of White Rock with regard to a proposed 12-storey development in the Lower Town Centre, limiting the height of that project to six storeys.

The Supreme Court in Vancouver heard the appli...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 25, 2020

A message from White Rock City Council on the COVID-19 Pandemic

White Rock CIty Council - a message regardining COVID-19

As you know, the World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak, a global pandemic.

Nowhere in our history has there been a time when it is so critical that we stand together to protect our community.

This is what your Counc...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Province reports local case of COVID-19 in seniors’ home

COVID-19 update from the City of White Rock

White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker urges people to be more vigilant than ever in following public health directions after a resident in Evergreen Heights Assisted Living in White Rock tested positive for COVID-19.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry rep...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 24, 2020

City of White Rock ensures seamless leadership during COVID-19 despite staff changes

COVID-19 update from the City of White Rock

The City of White Rock has made proactive decisions to ensure seamless leadership during the COVID-19 emergency--decisions that include the CAO, Fire Chief and Director of Finance.

CAO Dan Bottrill was to finish his tenure with White Rock March 31 and begi...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 24, 2020

City of White Rock closes Pier in battle against COVID-19

COVID19 Update - City Council votes to close Pier

White Rock City Council voted March 23 to temporarily close the White Rock Pier, a popular seaside attraction, to help flatten the curve in the growing number of COVID-19 cases.

The City closed Waterfront parking lots and the West Beach Parkade starting Ma...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 23, 2020

IMPORTANT: Changes to City of White Rock solid waste collection

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The City of White Rock continues to provide solid waste collection during the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

 To protect the public and employees, the following important measures are now in place. 

No loose items will be accepted. &a...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 22, 2020

City of White Rock closes Waterfront parking lots March 23 to help with social distancing

COVID-19 - Waterfront parking lots closed

The City of White Rock is temporarily closing Waterfront parking lots starting March 23 to help with social distancing by reducing the number of people visiting the White Rock Pier and Promenade.

The West Beach Parkade on Vidal Street will also be temporar...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 20, 2020

City closes four playgrounds to stop spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 update from the City of White Rock

The City of White Rock has closed four playgrounds to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the city. The parks remain open for people to enjoy at a safe distance from others—at least two metres, or six feet, apart.   

The playgroun...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 19, 2020

White Rock’s Fire Chief shares City’s preparation for COVID-19

White Rock Fire Hall with Fire Truck parked outfront - City Preparations for COVID-19

White Rock Fire Chief Phil Lemire presented the report City Preparations for COVID-19 at the March 17, 2020, Governance and Legislation Committee meeting.

Chief Lemire provided information related to COVID-19 and coronaviruses, the City of White R...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 18, 2020

City of White Rock closes City-run buildings, offers services by phone, email and web

COVID-19 update from the City of White Rock

Updated March 19, 2020

To keep the community safe and to help slow down the spread of COVID-19, the City of White Rock is temporarily closing City Hall as of 4:30 p.m. today and will be offering services by phone, email and online.

All City of White Rock-ru...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 18, 2020

White Rock cancels Committee meetings due to COVID-19 pandemic

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The City of White Rock is cancelling all Committee meetings until the end of May 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City Council may make changes as the situation changes. Committee members will be updated with any new information regarding future ...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 18, 2020

City asks for public feedback as Dogs on the Promenade pilot project ends March 31

Man walking a dog on a leash along the White Rock promenade

The City of White Rock is seeking the public’s feedback on the Dogs on the Promenade pilot project that began Oct. 1, 2019, and ends March 31, 2020.

Residents, visitors to White Rock and local businesses can complete a survey by April 30 at talkw...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 17, 2020

City reopens West side of Ruth Johnson Park, asks visitors to stay out of East side

Danger - Park closure due to unstable slope

After repairing storm damage to the west area of Ruth Johnson Park, the City of White Rock has reopened the west portion of the park, including the trails at Duprez Ravine, to the public starting March 17, 2020.

Ruth Johnson Park experienced significant da...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Additional City building closures due to COVID-19

COVID-19 update from the City of White Rock

The City of White Rock continues to look at building closures to help keep the community and employees safe and to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Here is an update regarding building closures:

Recreation 

Recreation facilities are closed and prog...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 16, 2020

City of White Rock temporarily closes facilities, cancels programs starting March 16

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To keep the community safe and to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of White Rock is temporarily closing City-operated facilities and cancelling recreation programs starting end of day Monday, March 16 until further notice.

Anyone who has signed u...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 13, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

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Members of our community are concerned about COVID-19 (a coronavirus) and as a City, we want to ensure they stay healthy and informed. The City of White Rock takes its direction on this important health matter from Fraser Health, BC Health Ministry and Pu...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 5, 2020

Where to get information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Many people in White Rock are concerned about COVID-19 (a coronavirus) and want to ensure they stay healthy.

For information about prevention, symptoms and updates about the virus, please visit:

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 2, 2020

White Rock’s Mayor invites Metro Vancouver leaders to the Polar Plunge March 7

Polar Plunge

White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker is inviting other Metro Vancouver leaders to ‘take the plunge’ and participate in the Vancouver Polar Plunge for Special Olympics B.C. on March 7.

The event, which raises funds for the Special Olympics and...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: March 2, 2020

White Rock Recreation and Culture registration starts March 3 and 4

2020 Spring/Summer Recreation Guide - girl in a kayak

The City of White Rock’s Spring/Summer Recreation Guide is now available, offering choices for people of all ages, including sports, dance, music, health, fitness, summer camps and more.

Online registration starts March 3 at 1 p.m. at whiterockci...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: February 25, 2020

Damage to Ruth Johnson Park from rainfall estimated at $4.2 million

Danger - Park closure due to unstable slope

The City of White Rock’s Ruth Johnson Park experienced significant damage to its slopes, walkways and trees following extreme rainfall in late January, resulting in an estimated $4.2 million in repair work and triggering a request for help from ...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: February 21, 2020

City seeks input on solid waste collection with online survey

Online survey - Solid waste management "What's in your can"

The City of White Rock continues to seek input from homeowners, renters and businesses into the collection of garbage, green waste and recycling in the City with an online survey.

We want your feedback on:

  • The current waste collection service being offered
  • O...
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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: February 14, 2020

City of White Rock thankful for $400,000 donation from Friends of the Pier

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The City of White Rock is grateful to receive a donation of $400,000 from the community-based Friends of the Pier toward upgrading Canada’s Longest Pier for future generations.

Members of Friends of the Pier, led by founder Bob Bezubiak, presente...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: February 12, 2020

City continues asking residents ‘How would you spend $13 million on your city?’ with online survey.

Hey, White Rock! How would you spend $13 million?

The City of White Rock is continuing its community engagement, reaching out to residents for input through an online survey, on how to spend up to $13 million in community amenity contributions (CACs), once they are collected.

The survey is posted at white...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: February 6, 2020

City of White Rock closes ravine, sections of park, to keep public safe

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The City of White Rock has closed areas of Ruth Johnson Park and extended the closure of Coldicutt Ravine following record rainfall in the past week that caused damage and slope failures that threaten public safety.

The City closed Coldicutt Ravine on Jan....

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: February 4, 2020

Community invited to give input into budget on Feb. 10

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The City of White Rock’s Finance and Audit Committee will be meeting at City Hall, 15322 Buena Vista Ave., at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10.

Members of the public can provide input into the City’s 2020-24 Draft Financial Plan by signing up ...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: January 31, 2020

City closes pathway at Duprez Street, Coldicutt Ravine, following rainfall

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The City of White Rock has closed the pathway at the south end of Duprez Street until further notice following the extreme rainfall on Jan. 31. As a result of the rainfall, the path is covered with mud and there is a downed tree.

The City has also closed C...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: January 30, 2020

City continues asking residents ‘How would you spend $13 million on your city?’

Hey, White Rock! How would you spend $13 million?

The City of White Rock is continuing its community engagement, reaching out to residents for input at White Rock Community Centre on Feb. 4 and Centennial Arena on Feb. 9.

The City held an information session and workshop on Jan. 20 to gather input on how ...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: January 17, 2020

City of White reschedules solid waste collection open house to Feb. 19

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The City of White Rock has rescheduled an open house where the City will provide information to homeowners, renters and businesses about the collection of garbage, green waste and recycling in the city.

The open house scheduled for Jan. 15 was cancelled du...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: January 17, 2020

Whistle cessation begins Jan. 29 on trains through White Rock

train on the railway along the beach waterfront

The City of White Rock is pleased to announce that starting Jan. 29, trains passing through the city will no longer be blowing their horns at each of the eight entrances to the Promenade to alert people of passing trains.

The City reached an agreement with...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Working Together During Winter Conditions

Sidewalk cleared of snow.

The City of White Rock and the community together can keep our roads and sidewalks safe.

Help Keep Sidewalks Clear

Residents and businesses are required to clear snow and ice from sidewalks surrounding their property by 10 a.m. following a snowfall, accordi...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: January 15, 2020

City of White Rock recreation and leisure cancellations for Jan. 15

White Rock Recreation Centres closed

Please note these closures and cancellations at City of White Rock centres due to today’s severe weather. Program cancellations include all drop-in fitness, yoga and circuit-training classes.

Kent Street Activity CentreAll activity groups and pro...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: January 15, 2020

City of White Rock cancels solid waste collection open house due to weather

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 The City of White Rock is cancelling tonight’s solid waste collection open house due to the winter storm and will be rescheduling in the near future.

The City is seeking input from homeowners, renters and businesses into the collection ...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: January 10, 2020

City of White Rock prepares for more snow as cold weather continues

snow truck clearing snow on roadway

With colder temperatures expected in Metro Vancouver starting Sunday, the City of White Rock is getting ready for more snow.

The City applied brine, used as an anti-icing treatment against ice and snow, this week, and cleared snow from roads today. More sn...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: January 9, 2020

City of White Rock applies brine to roads to get ready for snow

Snow Salt Dome at the City of White Rock Public Works Yard.

With a weather forecast predicting possible snow this week in the Lower Mainland, the City of White Rock is getting ready by applying brine, a salt mixture, to city roads.

Brine is used as an anti-icing treatment against ice and snow.

The City manages more ...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: January 8, 2020

Hey White Rock! How would you spend $13 million on your city?

City Council Community Forum - Community Amenity Contributions - White Rock Pier

The City of White Rock is hosting a public information session and workshop on Jan. 20 to gather input on how to spend up to $13 million in community amenity contributions (CACs), once they are collected.

Developers pay the City development cost charges (D...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: January 3, 2020

City of White Rock hosts solid waste collection open house on Jan. 15

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The City of White Rock is seeking input from homeowners, renters and businesses into the collection of garbage, green waste and recycling in the city.

The City is hosting an information open house on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Drop in anytime between 3:30 and 8:3...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: January 3, 2020

Call for Civic Grant Applications

paint brushes and tools - civic grant applications

The City of White Rock is accepting applications for the 2020 Civic Grants-in-Aid. 

Annually, City Council awards a limited amount of General Grant-in-Aid funds to recipients performing work in the community that either benefits residents of the C...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements
Posted on: January 2, 2020

Tree Chipping for Charity

Christmas tree blue sky

With the new year fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how to properly dispose of your live Christmas tree.

Drop off your tree at Centennial Arena this Sunday, Jan. 5 as the White Rock Firefighters will be hosting their annual tree chip from...

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2020 White Rock News & Announcements