Jun 13, 2016 Return to Headlines

Town Centre Park Plaza Nears Completion

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 13, 2016 – Construction of the Town Centre Park Plaza is nearing completion with many of the final elements now underway in the lead-up to the Official Opening on July 1, 2016.

Work over the next two weeks focuses on the installation of the salmon trellis feature around the Plaza stage and final landscaping, which includes removal of several cottonwood trees along the Lafarge Lake shoreline.

Prior to undertaking the final tree removal, the City worked with specialized environmental consultants and retained a Qualified Environmental Professional to ensure the project work meets all provincial and municipal requirements as they relate to the development of sensitive areas. This includes assessing and monitoring bird nesting in the trees. The City has approval to proceed and this work will be part of the final phase of construction for the Town Centre Park Plaza. 

All construction work on the Town Centre Park Plaza is expected to be complete the week of June 27 and this new amenity will be officially opened to the public at a ceremony to be held during Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day on July 1, 2016.

About Town Centre Park Plaza

Once the location of a gravel pit, Town Centre Park has evolved over time to become a first-rate public park with a variety of amenities that serve Coquitlam's fast-growing City Centre. The Town Centre Park Plaza is the park’s most recent amenity addition.
Upon completion, the Town Centre Park Plaza will accommodate events of various sizes, with a minimum seating capacity of 900 people. 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 plaza design provides a flexible, year-round public space, with seating and layout that take advantage of existing park slopes and features, and provide barrier-free access to the stage area and seating. 

Key features include:

  • Eight seating levels integrated into grassed berms;
  • Inscribed seat-wall faces featuring community stories highlighting the City’s 125-year history;
  • A tree-lined, barrier-free pathway circling the outer perimeter of the seating area; and
  • Electrical servicing for festivals and events.

Town Centre Park Plaza renderings are available for viewing on the City of Coquitlam Flickr page: https://flic.kr/s/aHskBvnPro 

For more information on the Town Centre Park Plaza, visit the Park Projects webpage

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