Reimagining the Queen's Park Farm

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Project Update, October 2021: Phase One of community engagement on the Future of the Queen's Park Farm has now concluded. Thank you to everyone who participated on Be Heard, at our workshop or in person at Queen's Park. Check back here in the coming weeks to review the results and summary report for this engagement.


We want your ideas to help create a new, long-term future for the farm space at Queen's Park!

While we filled the farm space during Summer 2021 with temporary programming, and we are pursuing a possible pilot program starting in Fall 2021 related to food security and urban agriculture, the longer-term future of the farm is open for new ideas.

The Queen’s Park Farm has been a well-used and loved component of Queen’s Park. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the farm was closed to the public for the 2020 season.

Before the pandemic, New Westminster Parks and Recreation started re-considering the long-standing use of the space as a petting farm. With current animal welfare practices, and growing numbers of visitors to the farm, it has become clear that the farm space is not large enough to comfortably house the type of livestock farm-goers have enjoyed. The comfort and care of the animals has always been the City’s top priority. Our farm staff have always provided the best possible care to our animals, but we know going forward that the current space has become insufficient.

The pause in farm operations due to COVID-19 has provided an opportunity to try out alternative, COVID-19-friendly programming in the space, and start a community conversation about what this space could be in the future. Summer 2021 programming included everything from a drop-in outdoor art gallery and outdoor concert series, to registered free and paid programming for various ages.

During COVID-19, the community has told us about the importance of outdoor public spaces and parks, the need for covered, year-round outdoor spaces, public spaces for community connection, and support for those who are food insecure (COVID-19 Recovery: Public Engagement Summary Report, Nov. 2020).

We want to know how the farm space can be positioned in the future to better support these priorities and other community interests.

How can I participate?

Over the summer, we have been gathering initial input through the discussion forum, short in-person surveys in Queen's Park, and a brainstorming wall on site at the farm, and an online survey, which closed October 5, 2021.

Thank you to those who joined the virtual workshop on September 23 to brainstorm and discuss the future of the Queen's Park Farm together.

(Please note: The Saturday September 25 workshop was cancelled due to low registration.)

How will my input be used?

Phase 1 of engagement on the future of the Queen's Park Farm is about including the community in brainstorming and demonstrating potential future uses for the farm space. Later this fall, the City will work to prepare concept plans using the input provided by the community in Phase 1. In early 2022, the City will launch Phase 2 of engagement, to request feedback on the proposed options and concepts.

Later in 2022, City staff will present to City Council a community-built, long-term future proposal for the former Queen’s Park Farm, for consideration.

Project Update, October 2021: Phase One of community engagement on the Future of the Queen's Park Farm has now concluded. Thank you to everyone who participated on Be Heard, at our workshop or in person at Queen's Park. Check back here in the coming weeks to review the results and summary report for this engagement.


We want your ideas to help create a new, long-term future for the farm space at Queen's Park!

While we filled the farm space during Summer 2021 with temporary programming, and we are pursuing a possible pilot program starting in Fall 2021 related to food security and urban agriculture, the longer-term future of the farm is open for new ideas.

The Queen’s Park Farm has been a well-used and loved component of Queen’s Park. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the farm was closed to the public for the 2020 season.

Before the pandemic, New Westminster Parks and Recreation started re-considering the long-standing use of the space as a petting farm. With current animal welfare practices, and growing numbers of visitors to the farm, it has become clear that the farm space is not large enough to comfortably house the type of livestock farm-goers have enjoyed. The comfort and care of the animals has always been the City’s top priority. Our farm staff have always provided the best possible care to our animals, but we know going forward that the current space has become insufficient.

The pause in farm operations due to COVID-19 has provided an opportunity to try out alternative, COVID-19-friendly programming in the space, and start a community conversation about what this space could be in the future. Summer 2021 programming included everything from a drop-in outdoor art gallery and outdoor concert series, to registered free and paid programming for various ages.

During COVID-19, the community has told us about the importance of outdoor public spaces and parks, the need for covered, year-round outdoor spaces, public spaces for community connection, and support for those who are food insecure (COVID-19 Recovery: Public Engagement Summary Report, Nov. 2020).

We want to know how the farm space can be positioned in the future to better support these priorities and other community interests.

How can I participate?

Over the summer, we have been gathering initial input through the discussion forum, short in-person surveys in Queen's Park, and a brainstorming wall on site at the farm, and an online survey, which closed October 5, 2021.

Thank you to those who joined the virtual workshop on September 23 to brainstorm and discuss the future of the Queen's Park Farm together.

(Please note: The Saturday September 25 workshop was cancelled due to low registration.)

How will my input be used?

Phase 1 of engagement on the future of the Queen's Park Farm is about including the community in brainstorming and demonstrating potential future uses for the farm space. Later this fall, the City will work to prepare concept plans using the input provided by the community in Phase 1. In early 2022, the City will launch Phase 2 of engagement, to request feedback on the proposed options and concepts.

Later in 2022, City staff will present to City Council a community-built, long-term future proposal for the former Queen’s Park Farm, for consideration.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The City is looking for the community’s help to reimagine the long-term future use of the Queen’s Park Farm space.  While the decision has been made to no longer keep livestock in the park, how the space will be used in the future has not been decided. The farm size will remain as is, however pens and some of the interior structures can be removed to better accommodate future activities proposed for the space. The City is looking for suggestions and ideas from community members on NEW activities and programming for this unique spot in Queen’s Park.

    This survey is one of the tools we are using to gather input.

    The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete, and will be open until end of day October 5, 2021.

    Prefer to complete the survey in a different language? Click the Select Language button at the top right of the page, and choose your language. The survey, page content and all other feedback tools will be translated. We are also happy to offer additional support to complete the survey should you require it. Please contact us at engage@newwestcity.ca with requests.

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