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Aug 21, 2017 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Puts Finishing Touches on Rochester Park

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, Aug. 21, 2017 – The City of Coquitlam is putting the finishing touches on its newly renovated Rochester Park, unveiling an enhanced public space where community members can walk, gather and play.

The $4.3-million project breathes new life into one of the city’s oldest parks, located at 1390 Rochester Drive in the Maillardville neighbourhood of southwest Coquitlam. 

Once an underused park, the partly developed 10-acre property now addresses a need in the community by providing an innovative and accessible playground, enhanced trails and stairways connecting the park with natural forested areas, new sport amenities and informal gathering spaces. 

The spectacular playground on the upper terrace, which is already catching the eye of local families and media, is based on an outdoor nature play theme, with climbing structures for all ages. 

Other highlights include a zipline, slides, accessible saucer swings, a spray park, skate park/youth social area, sand play area, a new washroom facility and picnic shelter, an additional parking lot and grassy areas for picnicking. Play structures offer a variety of options designed for children of all ages, interests and abilities. 

The final elements connecting the upper and lower terraced areas – which includes a climbing wall, tunnel slide and a new stairway – will open to the public by the end of August.

Please note that the sports fields are not scheduled to be seeded until later in August and the grass will not be available until the lawn is established. Please abide by on-site signage and refrain from walking on the fields until this time.

Upgrades to the park began in summer 2015 with trail enhancements and stream rehabilitation work. The City undertook Public Works projects at the park site including upgrading the sewer line and daylighting a section of Como Creek. 

During the planning phase, City staff worked with School District 43 and École Maillard Middle School to help integrate the school and park properties and to coordinate the shared use of the park amenities and area parking lots.

Stay tuned for further details later this summer about the park’s grand opening event.

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Images of the upper playground area are available to download on the City’s flickr album, with more images coming soon: https://flic.kr/s/aHskZFXGWq 

Media contacts:
Park Design:
Andre Isakov
Park Planning & Design Manager
604-927-3541
aisakov@coquitlam.ca

Park Construction:
Paul Costa
Parks and Facilities Construction Manager
604-927-6082
pcosta@coquitlam.ca