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Photos: Pop-up beach in downtown Coquitlam nets industry award

Three colourful pop-up parks in Coquitlam provide shade, a place to sit and games to play.

Three pop-up parks in Coquitlam await some warm sun for guests to take advantage of shade, swings, flowering plants and even a sandy beach.

Recently, the largest pop-up park — located at Coquitlam Centre — won an industry award.

It features a sandy beach for volleyball and lounging, seating, hammocks and ping-pong tables, was constructed on land temporarily loaned by Morguard Investments Ltd.

It was recognized with a Community Impact Award at the 2022 Health Care of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) LEAP Awards, held in Vancouver.

"We are so honoured to have received this award for our part in helping the City of Coquitlam provide this wonderful space for our community," said Coquitlam Centre spokesperson Megan Lee.

"Sustainability and building connections are two of our core pillars and it’s important that we continue to be able to foster opportunities for our community to connect in sustainable and engaging ways."

Pop-up parks welcome visitors

In 2021, Coquitlam established pop-up parks in Burquitlam, Austin Heights and City Centre to create public spaces for people to enjoy.

Designed by asset and operation manager Doron Fishman, a landscape architect, the temporary parklets form part of the city's green streets program.

It was aimed to create social gathering spaces on empty lots during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two other pop-up parks are ready to welcome guests in Coquitlam.

A brightly coloured patio on Austin Avenue offers a space for workers to have lunch and a shaded seating area with swings and flowering plants has been established near the Burquitlam SkyTrain station on Clarke Road.

- with files from Janis Cleugh, Tri-City News