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New park, subdivision for Coquitlam's growing Burke Mountain

Sheffield Park on Burke Mountain is the latest addition to the city of Coquitlam's green space roster, with detailed design planning now underway.
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An artist's rendering of where the new Sheffield Park will be built on Burke Mountain in Coquitlam.

A major road on Burke Mountain in Coquitlam is shaping up, with a future park and large subdivision in the works for next year.

Monday, city council OK’d the detailed design planning for Sheffield Park, a two-acre green space near Chandler Street, in the Smiling Creek neighbourhood.

Based on public feedback this summer and fall, city staff changed an earlier version of the proposal:

• the sports court will now be in the youth area, which will be located away from nearby homes; 

• an external power outlet will be installed in the washroom building, for neighbourhood events; 

• and more trees and shrubs will be planted for residents’ privacy.

In all, Sheffield Park will have a boomerang-shaped pathway, water play area, a universal washroom with a rooftop deck, a playground for kids ages two to five and another zone for children ages six to 11. As well, the youth area will have a basketball hoop, skate spot and terraced seating, according to a city press release.

The final design and cost will go before city council in March, with constructed slated to start in the spring. 

Meanwhile, also on Monday, council gave second and third readings to rezone 3640 Sheffield Ave. for 30 single-family homes. 

The subdivision, located in the Partington Creek neighbourhood, will see part of the property change from an agricultural designation for the Wesbild project.

Speaking after the public hearing, Coun. Bonita Zarrillo said she heard about concerns regarding urban sprawl and, with that neighbourhood growing so quickly, she wants more information in future land-use reports to also include environmental impacts to Burke Mountain.

Coun. Craig Hodge, a Burke Mountain resident, said he liked that the driveways in the proposed subdivision will be paired, given “parking is a challenge” on Burke Mountain. 

Burke Mountain is expected to see 25,000 to 30,000 residents when built out.