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Apr 05, 2016 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Projects Receive Heritage Funding

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, April 5, 2016 – Coquitlam is the recipient of two grants totalling over $600k from the Department of Canadian Heritage of the Government of Canada. These funds will be allocated to two significant public projects being delivered in 2016.

The cost of construction of the Town Centre Park Plaza will be offset by a $500k grant provided through the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) Legacy Fund program. The grant recognizes that this project will commemorate and celebrate Coquitlam’s 125-year history and benefit both Coquitlam residents and visitors by providing a venue for arts, cultural and heritage events and performances as well as opportunities for cultural engagement year-round.

In addition, the City has received a grant in the amount of $116,500 to support the Coquitlam 125 anniversary celebrations. Also provided through the Government of Canada’s BCAH program, this funding encourages community engagement through the active involvement of volunteers, community partners, local artists, heritage specialists and performers. The City’s 125th anniversary year incorporates all of these elements to deliver a full year of celebration.

About Town Centre Park Plaza

Scheduled for completion in June 2016, the Town Centre Park Plaza will be located on the eastern shore of Lafarge Lake, at the heart of the City’s town centre. The plaza will accommodate events of various sizes, with a seating capacity of 900 that can be increased to 1,300 for larger events. This new outdoor venue will be a focal point for large community events like Coquitlam 125 anniversary celebrations and Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day, as well as a variety of community festivals and events throughout the year. 

The design provides a flexible, year-round public space, with seating and layout that takes advantage of the existing park slopes and features, and provides barrier-free access to the stage area and seating. Key features include:

  • Eight seating levels integrated into grassed berms with inscribed seat-wall faces featuring highlights moments from the City’s 125-year history and which reference a variety of natural, cultural and historic events or milestones to celebrate Coquitlam’s heritage; and
  • A concrete plaza surface measuring 29 m in diameter with perimeter accent banding containing motifs that reference the natural and cultural history of the area and is accented by an iconic trellis that is styled with reference to the natural history of Coquitlam and links to the City’s namesake and past;
  • A flexible design to allow informal and casual use of and enjoyment of the plaza features and lakeside location by the public at all times;
  • Enhanced continuation of the existing lake trail behind the stage area and improved pathways; and
  • Event utilities (electrical, lighting, etc.) to accommodate mobile stage set up, as well as a variety of productions, both large and small.

More information on the Town Centre Park Plaza can be found on our Park Projects page.

About Coquitlam 125

Coquitlam is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016 with a year-long celebration that honours the community’s rich history and sets the stage for a dynamic future.
When Coquitlam was incorporated on July 25, 1891, it was a small agricultural community, with a state-of-the-art lumber mill – the future Fraser Mills – under construction near the Fraser River. French Canadians settled in the area in the early 1900s and established Maillardville, the largest Francophone centre west of the Rockies. Today, Coquitlam is home to over 140,000 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and over 6,200 businesses.

The Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task Force (CAST Force) is guided by the Coquitlam 125 vision – Stories told, stories to be created – as it engages the community through meaningful experiences that celebrate our heritage, create strong connections and inspire lasting legacies towards an exciting future.

For more information, visit www.coquitlam125.ca

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Media contact:
Michelle Hunt
Director Planning & Business Services
Parks, Recreation & Culture 
604-927-3531