Are you looking for a relaxing walk? Are you looking to cool off from the summer heat? Or are you looking to feel the sweat roll down your face after an intense match of tennis? With so many parks in New West, you’ll definitely find something suitable for your outdoor adventures!

Queen’s Park
Located close to the centre of New Westminster, Queen’s Park offers a wide variety of activities for all ages. There is a gallery, sports field, skate park, petting farm, spray park, and many trails just to list a few. With picnic tables and an off-leash area, Queen’s Park is a great place to have a good time! Lacrosse fans would be excited to know that the Queen’s Park Arena, home to the New Westminster Salmonbellies, is located here!

Trail at Queen’s Park.

Waterfront Esplanade
Casually stroll or bike on the boardwalk starting from the west side. Soak in the mighty Fraser River at any of the viewpoints along the way. The Paddlewheeler, Q to Q Ferry, and Samson V Museum are all located here and offer a diverse experience. On the east end you will meet the World’s Largest Tin Soldier, Tinny. And when you hear your stomach growl, you know it’s time to swing by River Market and explore the many delicious options available.

Tipperary Park & Friendship Gardens
With water features, benches, and picnic tables, Tipperary Park & Friendship Gardens is a great nook of green space. Swing by with a book to hide in the shade by the mini falls. There are also trails and tennis courts for those looking to do something active. The New West Farmers Market is running here every Thursday till early October and is definitely worth checking out!

Hume Park
Hume Park is a great place to spend an entire summer’s day. Start the day playing tennis or climbing up and down the playground. There is a picnic area to take a break for lunch. In the afternoon, explore the spray park or outdoor pool to cool off from the summer heat. There is also an off-leash area for your four-legged family member. A great area to spend time with family and friends!

An overview shot of Hume Park. Photo credits: Max Whitney

Moody Park
Not only is Moody Park home to the New Westminster Lawn Bowling Club, it also offers a great range of activities for everyone to spend an active afternoon. There are baseball/softball diamonds, basketball courts, tennis courts, a pool, and a playground. The New Westminster Public Library is just around the corner and the benches spread throughout the park offer nice reading nooks.

Escape from the summer heat with a book in Moody Park. Photo credits: Rebecca Kean

Ryall Park
Located in the heart of Queensborough, Ryall Park has activities for everyone. There is a spray park and playgrounds for children to explore. The Boro All Wheel Park is right beside and is perfect for skateboards, BMX, and rollerblades. Picnic tables and benches provide resting spots before venturing into more outdoor activities.

Megan’s Place playground at Ryall Park. Photo credits: City of New Westminster

Sapperton Park
The new playground that opened in 2017 offers a challenge for both younger and older children. The play structure will encourage kids to think creatively and challenge themselves physically as they navigate through it. There is also a spray park that can be a great alternative during hot and dry summer days! Benches and picnic tables are available to keep everyone fueled.

The playground structure at Sapperton Park. Photo credits: Christine Cohene

Grimston Park
Here at Grimston Park there are a wide variety of facilities that support many different sport activities, including tennis and baseball. Not to mention, Grimston Park has one of the few wading pools left in Metro Vancouver! The “New Westminster Welcomes You” sign is located right beside the park. Make sure to swing by and take a photo when you come to visit!

Wading pool at Grimston Park. Photo credits: @djtazuwee

Westminster Pier Park*
Lining the Fraser River with boardwalk and chaise, Westminster Pier Park is a lovely area to enjoy light summer breezes. Basketball and volleyball courts, a spray park, picnic tables, a concession stand, beach umbrellas, and hammocks upcycled from fire hoses provide a welcoming and fun space for everyone!
*Construction is happening near Westminster Pier Park. Park is still accessible.

Hammocks upcycled from fire hoses. You don’t see these everyday! Photo credits: Louisa Hsu

Sapperton Landing Park
Located on the other side of the Pattullo Bridge, Sapperton Landing Park is a 1km walk with bridges and benches along the Fraser River. The landscaping includes backwater tidal channels and riparian woodlands that encourage wildlife habitats. A good choice to spend a relaxing and quiet time.

Pattullo Bridge in the distance. Some days we just need a relaxing stroll. Photo credits: @sese_23