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Jul 11, 2017 Return to Headlines

Conceptual Design Outlined for Cottonwood Park

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 11, 2017 – The results from public consultation are in and Cottonwood Park now has an approved Final Concept Plan and a phased park development plan. With this approval, the park project now moves ahead with detailed design plans.

Cottonwood Park is currently a 2.2 acre park in the Burquitlam neighbourhood. Through the recent partnership between the City of Coquitlam, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and Concert Properties, the park’s expansion boundary was adjusted and will result in the acquisition of an additional 2.55 acres, bringing the current park size up to 4.75 acres. The Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan identifies the site as an eventual 11.5 acre park to ensure that park amenities will be maintained, and recreation services improved to keep pace with this rapidly-growing neighbourhood.

Proposed amenities for the park include:

  • Reconfiguration of water and children’s play areas,
  • New parking lot and washrooms,
  • Sport courts and tennis courts,
  • Redefined multi-use grass areas and playfields, and
  • Expanded youth area.

During recent public consultation on the development of Cottonwood Park, the community ranked children’s play, trees and shade, and washrooms as the top three important items in the park’s new design, and the majority of respondents supported the 2016 Draft Concept Plan.

City staff will now move forward with detailed designs and, if approved, the final park design will be implemented through a phased process. Construction of Phase 1A, to include water play, child play and youth areas as well as picnic facilities, basketball court and washroom would be completed by late 2018. Phase 1B, to follow by 2020, would add to the grass sport fields and ball diamond and provide two tennis courts as well as table games and a full multi-sport court. The total cost for the first two phases of the park development is estimated at $6.5 million, with the bulk of the funding provided through Development Cost Charges.

Additional project information is available at coquitlam.ca/parkprojects.

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Media contact:

Andre Isakov
Park Planning & Design Manager
Parks, Recreation and Culture Services
604-927-3541
aisakov@coquitlam.ca