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Expansion construction to close Coquitlam Crunch parking lot for the summer

The site's Lansdowne Drive parking lot is going to have 60 spots when completed a new paved pathway on the west side and gravel trails connecting to the popular hiking place.
A city sign for the Coquitlam Crunch extension.

You'll still be able to access the Coquitlam Crunch this summer to get your outdoor physical activity and count those steps, but parking will look a little bit different.

The city says it's beginning construction work near the end of June that will include a capacity expansion on the parking lot to 60 spaces, more accessibility to the trails, a digital stall availability sign and other features.

As a result, the Lansdowne Drive parking lot at the popular recreation site will be closed over the summer as crews undergo the new improvements, and residents and visitors are being asked to consider parking elsewhere for the time-being.

This includes the Runnel Drive lot or at the Bramble Park courts on Panorama Drive.

It's also recommended to take transit to the Crunch as well as carpooling with friends or even walking to the trail as a "warm-up."

According to the city, the northwest Coquitlam park sees about 52,000 users per month during peak season and with parking reduced for the foreseeable future, officials are asking visitors to consider the neighbours.

"Increased use during the pandemic has intensified traffic, parking and safety concerns for residents of the area," reads a news release from Tuesday (June 22).

"Visitors are asked to respect the neighbourhood, obey all traffic laws, cross streets safely and use the parking lots off Runnel Drive or at Bramble Park."

In addition to the parking lot's construction, a new paved walkway will be implemented on the west side of the access road, the city says, along with new connecting gravel trails to existing paths.

As well, FortisBC is scheduled to conduct pipeline maintenance at various points along Coquitlam Crunch next month.

This will take place for up to four weeks starting July 26 and traffic control workers will be on site to direct pedestrians.

For more information, you're encouraged to visit the trails page on the city of Coquitlam's website.