Five down, five to go.
Coquitlam city staff are set to begin several park projects and upgrades in the weeks ahead that will give local residents and visitors better experiences when it comes to outdoor recreation and living.
In an update today (Aug. 4) sent to the Tri-City News, the city said crews will begin construction at five popular parks after recently completing five others for a total of 10 new upgrades by winter.
The parks set for the next phase of upgrades include (in alphabetical order):
- Alouette Park
- 485 Alouette Dr.
- New concrete stairs and refresh landscaping and pathways
- Work to start mid-August and last through the fall
- Crane Park
- 2060 Crane Ave.
- A new playground, a social gathering space, seating, new trees, new pathways, new drainage and irrigation
- Work to start mid-August and last through the winter
- Oakdale Park
- 835 North Rd.
- Greening and opening of new parklands on Jefferson Avenue
- Work to start in the fall
- Riverview Park
- 728 Clearwater Way
- Parking lot upgrade including new paving, curbs and signage
- Work to take place in September and October
- Town Centre Park
- 1299 Pinetree Way
- Demolition will begin on the old washrooms near the tennis courts, which have reached the end of their usable life
- Tennis players asked to use the new washrooms in the Festival Hub area by the concession stand near Parking Lot D
"These projects are just a few that fall under Coquitlam’s Capital Plan, which includes major recreation, facility and outdoor space projects to meet the community’s current and future needs," explained parks manager Kathleen Reinheimer.
"City staff are continually working to enhance processes to deliver value, while minimizing disruption to the community."
Reinheimer said the projects are being financially supported through the city's five-year capital plan (2022-2026).
She added it's important for the city to continue meeting the community's expectations, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme weather, supply chain issue and increasing construction costs.
For more information and park construction updates, you're encouraged to visit the City of Coquitlam's website.
The five recently completed park projects include (in alphabetical order):
- Bramble Park
- Eight pickleball courts with new lighting and lines created from converted existing tennis courts
- Mundy Park
- Two universally accessible washroom buildings with bottle filler near the Chilko Drive entrance
- Pop-up parks
- Four pop-up park locations open for the summer courtesy of the former Community Support and Recovery Plan (CSRP)
- Sheffield Park
- Burke Mountain's new two-acre multi-level site with playgrounds, water-play area, a washroom, landscaping, trees and pathways
- Town Centre Park
- Lakeside Loop Trail has new pathways, flower gardens, landscaping and lighting