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Glen Park trees coming down to improve safety — city

Several trees have been cut down in Glen Park but the city of Coquitlam says it
Several trees have been cut down in Glen Park but the city of Coquitlam says it's necessary for safety reasons and will make for a more pleasant park when upgrades are complete. As many conifers as possible will be saved, the city says.
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Trees are coming down in a Coquitlam park to make way for a long-awaited upgrade.

Workers have been taking out trees at Glen Park on Westwood Street between Glen Drive and Lincoln Avenue to improve sight-lines and safety for children using the park, according to parks and facilities manager Kathleen Reinheimer.

"Our goal is to have very clear sight-lines so you can see into the [Glen elementary] school yard and into the park but it will be similar to Blue Mountain [Park] over the time." Reinheimer said, referring to the west Coquitlam park where large conifers are spaced out, leaving room for grass.

The first phase of the park project will include construction of a dog off-leash park as well as a new playground, a pathway system, a picnic area and a plaza entrance off Pipeline Road.

Approximately $500,000 has been set aside for the park, which is located on the southern edge of Town Centre next to Glen elementary.

Reinheimer said the trees were taken down this week while students were out on spring break and as many conifers as possible will be saved.

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com

 

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