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This Port Coquitlam park has amazing views — make it greener with community weed pull, planting

Want to help? Port Coquitlam organizes invasive plant removal and tree planting for Coutts Park in Citadel Heights as part of its Greener City initiative.

A small neighbourhood park with terrific views is getting the VIP treatment.

To celebrate Earth Day and ensure the park is healthy and weed free for years to come, the City of Port Coquitlam is organizing two community outreach events at Coutts Park in the Citadel Heights neighbourhood.

Residents of all ages are invited to help remove invasive plants on Saturday, April 2, and plant trees at Coutts Park on Saturday, April 23, as part of Port Coquitlam’s new Greener City outreach initiative. The Greener City initiative was launched in the fall of 2021, with more than 70 community volunteers, removing an enormous amount of blackberry plants and planting 150 trees and shrubs at Coutts Park.   The city encourages residents to bring their friends, family, neighbours and coworkers along to either of these events or both.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to register at to enable organizers to prepare adequate supplies.   Funded by grants from Earth Day Canada and BC Hydro, the two Greener City events on Saturday, April 2 and Saturday, April 23 will take place rain or shine from 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m.


Earth Day is April 22 this year.   Participants should come prepared with gloves and appropriate outdoor footwear and clothing.

The city will provide shovels, water and snacks, although recommends participants bring their own shovels if they have one.   Each work party will begin with an orientation of the work site, as well as instruction on tree planting and identifying and removing invasive plants. Staff will be on hand throughout the event to assist and guide participants.

An information tent with an educational display will also be set up in the park.   People of all ages may sign up, but children ages 12 or less must be accompanied by an adult.   Based on the success, feedback and public interest, more Greener City work parties will be added.    

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