Looking for a chance to get outdoors, show your community spirit and have some fun as a volunteer? Join the City of Coquitlam Light Brigade and help light up Town Centre Park this winter.
The Light Brigade is a program offered by the city’s Park Spark team which provides opportunities for residents to get involved and participate in Metro Vancouver’s largest, free outdoor light display, Lights at Lafarge.
“Park Spark offers fun and unique opportunities for the community to come out and gain meaningful experiences while enhancing our parks in some way,” says Sara Yastremski, Coquitlam’s Parks Partner Program Supervisor, “and the Light Brigade is our fall and winter initiative.”
Over the years this program has proved to be popular with the public, but was put on hold in 2020 due to public health restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In 2019, we had an upwards of 650 people help with the Light Brigade, and we hope to match or top that this year.
“The Light Brigade is open to all ages and abilities. Individuals and groups can sign-up and take part in a variety of activities, from pop-bottle tulip light-making workshops to installing special light displays. Groups or individuals can also host a night with the Park Spark team at Lights at Lafarge, our annual light display around Lafarge Lake,” Yastremski says.
And the time is right to sign-up and take part.
“Our workshops begin in October, and we’re eager to work with the community again. The Light Brigade is also a great way for students to complete volunteer hours and engage with their community,” Yastremski explains.
Getting involved with the Park Spark team is one of the most popular volunteer activities in Coquitlam since there are a variety of opportunities available across the community that make it not only convenient but a way of making a difference close to home.