Memorial Peace Park & Bandstand
About the Park
Memorial Peace Park is located in the downtown core on 224 Street between Lougheed Highway and Dewdney Trunk Road; conveniently surrounded by Maple Ridge City Hall, the Leisure Centre, the Greg Moore Youth Centre, The ACT Arts Centre and Haney Place Mall. Fountains adorn the 224 Street entrance and guide you past the Cenotaph and Bandstand. Within the park you will find spectacular gardens, open green space, seating areas and public art works by local artists. Memorial Peace Park was developed to be a true community gathering place. On any given day you will find individuals, groups and families enjoying time at the park.
A multitude of events are hosted throughout the year. Larger events include the Jazz and Blues Festival, Bard on the Bandstand, Remembrance Day, Celebrate the Night and the always popular Christmas in the Park and Santa Claus Parade. Memorial Peace Park is also home to the Haney Farmers Market and throughout the summer months you'll find events like "Twilight Tuesdays - Pops in the Park" and "Movies in the Park". Bring along a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy! For details on booking the bandstand, contact Facility Bookings at 604-467-7422.
About the Bandstand
The Maple Ridge Concert Band presented the Bandstand as a gift to the people of Maple Ridge on May 7, 1994. Today the Bandstand is used for movie shoots, weddings, musical performances as well as many other special events.
George Price offered his considerable talents for fund-raising. Onsite construction began in March, 1994, taking a remarkably short eight and a half weeks to complete. This included ordering the decorative columns from Oregon, letting the contracts for the structural steel work, renting a large warehouse for the assembly of the acoustically engineered ceiling (the acoustic design was completed by the same firm that designed the acoustics for the Orpheum Theatre), painting the decorative railings and ironwork, painting the ceiling panels and countless meetings with the general contractor.
In the end, the final costs of the project (including donated materials) amounted to $192,000. This did not include more than 1,300 hours of volunteer time (176 person-days) and the value of the land donated by Maple Ridge. The provincial government provided a grant in the amount of $50,650.