Reimagining the Queen's Park Farm

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Project Update, December 2021: The What We Heard Engagement Summary Report is now available. A shorter, graphic summary is also included below. Click here to access the verbatim engagement report, with all participants' input.

Next Steps: City staff will be considering and applying the community input as they begin to develop concepts for the future of the Queen’s Park Farm in early 2022, and will re-engage with the community as a proposed concept for the future of the farm is developed.


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, December 2021: The What We Heard Engagement Summary Report is now available. A shorter, graphic summary is also included below. Click here to access the verbatim engagement report, with all participants' input.

Next Steps: City staff will be considering and applying the community input as they begin to develop concepts for the future of the Queen’s Park Farm in early 2022, and will re-engage with the community as a proposed concept for the future of the farm is developed.


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 discussion has concluded.

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    Why add another area for concert when they rarely ever use the one that’s already there! Just a big cement slab that never gets any use. They should just expand the spray park cause the one they have there now is super lame

    Brandy ToutantSierrabear05 asked 5 months ago

    Hello, thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. Your feedback on the Future of the Queen’s Park Farm will be considered with all other input collected through the engagement. 

    To clarify, there has been no decision made by the City to convert the Farm space to a concert area. You may have noticed some concerts taking place at the farm as part of the temporary summer programming, however the Bandshell is still an active performance facility. 

    We are currently open to ideas and seeking community input on what the possible long term uses of the farm space could be. We encourage you to continue the conversation and share your thoughts with the wider community using the discussion forum tool. 

    - Be Heard Team

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