May 17, 2016 Return to Headlines

Community Invited to Provide Feedback on Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan Implementation Strategy

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 18, 2016 – Coquitlam City Council has endorsed the Implementation Strategy for the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan and now invites resident feedback on the strategy’s priorities and actions. 

A companion to the Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) Master Plan, the Implementation Strategy will remain flexible and responsive to changing community priorities. The final Implementation Strategy will guide the City’s efforts to monitor and maintain service levels, fill identified gaps, adjust surplus services for cost efficiencies, and plan and build for future need. 

Coquitlam residents and stakeholders are asked to participate in an interactive online survey to provide feedback on the Implementation Strategy. The survey provides the opportunity for feedback on any or all of the 18 service areas addressed in the PRC Master Plan. Survey participants have the opportunity to enter a prize draw for recreation and sporting store gift certificates. Launching on May 24, the survey can be found on the PRC Master Plan webpage

The community will see its input being used to guide parks, recreation and culture decisions and direction for the next 10-15 years. 

The City of Coquitlam is expected to grow by 95,000 residents over the next 30 years. To manage the impact this growth will have on sport, recreation, parks, arts and culture programs and services, the PRC Master Plan and its Implementation Strategy will provide the policy framework and a capital investment strategy to support the City’s ongoing delivery of services in these areas. 

The City’s anticipated long-term capital needs to deliver these services will total an estimated $460 million over the next 30 years. The new buildings, parks and infrastructure will be funded from a variety of sources, primarily by development charges such as Development Cost Charges and Density Bonuses, which are received as the City grows.

In the first five years, the Implementation Strategy proposes the follow priority focus actions:

  • improved programming and service delivery;
  • develop and implement Cemetery Plan;
  • new strategies and policies, improved amenities;
  • implement Arena Strategy; 
  • additional gym space and improved Allocation Policy;
  • add/or redevelop eight sports fields; and
  • focus on increasing introductory recreation programs.

Visit the PRC Master Plan webpage for more details and background on the Parks Recreation and Culture Master Plan, the Draft Implementation Strategy, and to complete the survey.

Backgrounder here.

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Media contact:
Michelle Hunt
Director, Planning & Business Services
Parks, Recreation and Culture Services