Lights at Lafarge magic ignites Coquitlam’s community spirit

Come see the enchanting Lights at Lafarge outdoor park event, a unique community-based experience. There are thousands of shimmering lights weaved whimsically through the flora and fauna in vignettes around Lafarge Lake’s 1.2 km-loop trail. 

“This is one of the few places where families with children of all ages can enjoy an intergenerational unifying family tradition,” says Kathleen Reinheimer, Coquitlam Parks manager. “There is nothing more attractive to people [than] having coloured lights in the darkest part of the year. There is something visceral about that and then you add water and music. The universality of it is undeniable. People are coming away with a heartwarming experience, and that is magic.” 

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The display is unique making it extra special. Recycled and repurposed materials are used in every way possible. The thousands of signature tulips found uniformly through the exhibit are homemade from recycled bottles set over different coloured lights.

The project has grown through the creativity of parks board staff, gardeners, carpenters and equipment operators, partnering with community members in all different ways. Community workshops are available all year to make items for the event. “There are more than 650 Light Brigade volunteers involved in fabricating lights this year and many of these volunteers are also helping to install the lights,” says Reinheimer.

This year, school groups, scouts, cubs, business partners and their staff made more than 1,000 origami cranes to add to the display. “We welcome community involvement at every stage of the project,” says Reinheimer. “And we are always looking for good recycled crafts to enhance the display so people can leave their own mark.”

Lights at Lafarge runs everyday for eight weeks, from December until the third weekend of January. Lights are on from about 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. New this year are lights on and around the Killer Whale living sculpture “Chief of the Undersea World” along Pinetree Way and interactive activities in the Park Spark Zone at the TD Plaza every night between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Getting to Lights at Lafarge 

On-site parking is available at Town Centre Park, but the Lights at Lafarge are popular and it can get busy. Walk, carpool or take transit if possible. Use Translink's TripPlanner or ride the SkyTrain to the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station for easy access to Town Centre Park. 

Explore more and get involved. Join other community volunteers in the Spark Park program and the Lafarge Lights Brigade. Sign up now at parkspark@coquitlam.ca or visit the website.

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