Memorial Park Project

Click here to read an update on the status of Memorial Park from Mayor Baldwin

There’s no doubt about it – the pier-side lawn and panoramic ocean views that Memorial Park offers make it one of the City’s favourite gathering spaces! So, whether people gather for a picnic with the family, a day of soaking up the sun with friends, or for the perfect viewing spot for fireworks shows throughout the year or one of the summer’s seaside concerts, Memorial Park is the place to be.

Because of the popularity of the park, and to accommodate the growth of the City around it, the City of White Rock is upgrading the park space and adjacent pier washrooms. The approved concept design includes new washroom facilities, a useable space for concerts and other performances, a Splash Zone water feature, and more!

At the July 24, 2017 Regular Council Meeting, White Rock City Council awarded the contract for the construction of Memorial Park and Pier Washroom Upgrade to Fricia Construction Inc.

Preliminary site work began on September 11, 2017, with project completion expected for Summer 2018. 

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Background: In 2008, concepts for revitalizing Memorial Park and creating a more inviting community space for the public were completed. This space was planned to better accommodate concerts, other outdoor activities as well as enhanced interaction and opportunities with the waterfront. This project was put on hold for a future initiative.

Present Day: The waterfront district is in need of improvements to keep up with the growth of the City around it. The Memorial Park project encompasses from the parking lot directly east of the Museum, all the angled parking along Marine Drive, the tourist kiosk, the sloped “great lawn", the grand stair, the adjacent promenade and the washroom with the mezzanine/overlook. To avoid impacting summer events, the construction will begin in Fall 2017 with the vision of having a Summer 2018 opening.

Community Engagement: The City held two Open Houses, one on September 14 and one on September 24, to collect feedback from the community. Information boards, imagery, and a draft concept were on display. Residents dropped in and shared their ideas with the team. Session 1 focused on collecting initial thoughts to improve the "working draft" concept. Session 2 showcased the revised concept plan and offered the opportunity for the public to add further insight. 

 If you were unable to attend the events, we encourage you to view the event materials from: 

Building from the feedback we received from the community engagement sessions, the final concept can be seen in the flythrough video above.