04/22/2014 04:30 EDT | Updated 04/22/2014 04:59 EDT

Urban Beach Proposed For New Westminster

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PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 01: General view of 'Paris Plage', an artificial beach set up on the right bank of the Seine river is seen on August 1, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Mon dieu! New Westminster is on track to get a taste of Paris with the prospect of a new urban beach along its waterfront.

A city council report identified the project as a high priority, according to CBC News. The initiative is part of the city's continuous redevelopment of its riverfront, called Pier Park.

The first time I ever saw an urban beach was in Paris, France,” Coun. Lorrie Williams told Royal City Record. “It was wildly popular.”

The project would also include a public fitness space, a pathway, and landscaping, according to the newspaper.

While residents and tourists can look forward to sand castles and beach volleyball, they won't be able to take a dip in the Fraser River, reports Global News. Access is restricted because of safety issues and the speed of the river, according to the Royal City Record.

Beach bums could be suntanning as soon as this summer, reports Curbed Vancouver.

Wendy Doyle, who lives in New West, told CBC News that she'd definitely take advantage of the beach.

"I will and so will my little dog Grace," she said. "She's a rescue dog from California. She's a beach dog. She'll be soaking up the sun."

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