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Three new parks are on the way for Burke

Coquitlam residents living on Burke Mountain will soon be able to take a stroll in one of three new area parks being built this year. Lori MacKay, Coquitlam's general manager of parks, said the second phase of Marguerite Park - a 4.

Coquitlam residents living on Burke Mountain will soon be able to take a stroll in one of three new area parks being built this year.

Lori MacKay, Coquitlam's general manager of parks, said the second phase of Marguerite Park - a 4.2-acre lot in the Upper Hyde Creek neighbourhood - will include $60,000 in playground equipment and will be ready this month.

The city is also investing $350,000 worth of fencing, landscaping, a sports court and playground gear into Millard Orchard Park, a 2.3-acre lot south of Millard Avenue. That park will be finished by the end of September, she said.

And $1 million is going into Galloway Park, a 1.75-acre parcel that has now been cleared for playground equipment, a spray park, a sports court, a tai chi circle and a central promenade; the completion date is set for late October.

MacKay made the announcement during Monday's recreation committee after an agreement was signed last week with Wesbild, the former land owners. The company, which is developing much of Burke Mountain, is providing project management for the new parks and is donating $50,000 for the Millard Orchard sports court.

"Parks are a key gathering place for any community," said Ted Ayerst, Wesbild senior vice president, in a news release yesterday. "This is how neighbours get to know each other and they become the heart of the community. We are so pleased to be able to help expedite the park program on Burke Mountain."

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