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May 30, 2017 Return to Headlines

Improved Sports Facilities Coming to Mackin Park

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 30, 2017 – Construction will start this summer on a major upgrade to Mackin Park’s sports facilities.

Monday night, Coquitlam Council approved a detailed design and $1.35-million budget for improvements to sports fields, ball diamonds and cricket facilities in the 17-acre Maillardville park, one of the City’s oldest. 

Built in 1960, Mackin Park is well-used and has a range of amenities, including a water play area, children’s playground, tennis courts, youth skate/social area, field house, two grass play fields, four ball diamonds, and the City’s only cricket pitch and cage. 

Rehabilitation of the sand-based grass sports fields was earmarked in the City’s 2013-2023 Sports Field Strategy based on the area’s challenging site conditions. In particular, the area’s high water table often leaves the fields soft, wet and sometimes lumpy and uneven during the rainy months – particularly the north field, which has significant drainage problems. 

The final detailed plan was developed with input from the Coquitlam Field Sport Association (CFSA). Improvements will include:

  • Installing field drainage, rebuilding the sand layer and resodding the north play field;
  • Relocating the cricket batting cage, and shifting and improving the cricket pitch;
  • Relocating the east ball diamond and providing new backstop fencing; and
  • Resurfacing and sodding the west ball diamond’s skinned infield, to allow for full field play for football on the south play field. 

After the project is tendered in June, construction is expected to begin in July and be substantially completed by November. The north field will remain closed until May 2018 to establish the grass. 

The City worked with the CFSA, which supports the project, to minimize the impact on the field users and confirm alternative locations during the construction period. 
Financing for the 2017 upgrades will come from the Sports Field Strategy Program fund. Additional future park improvements may be considered in the coming years as part of future park improvement phases. 

Additional information about the project is available at www.coquitlam.ca/parkprojects.

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Media contact:
Andre Isakov
Park Planning and Design Manager
City of Coquitlam
604-927-3541
aisakov@coquitlam.ca