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Dec 05, 2017 Return to Headlines

Construction of New Burke Mountain Park Begins in Spring

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, Dec. 5, 2017 – A new 3.5-acre park coming to Burke Mountain next year will be a place where residents can rest, play and move.  

These three concepts guided the design of Riley Park, to be constructed in the Smiling Creek neighbourhood at the corner of Burke Village Promenade and Riley Street. 

Monday night, Coquitlam Council approved the detailed design and $2-million construction budget for the neighbourhood park, which will bring much-needed amenities to the growing area.

Site preparation will commence in February 2018 before the bird nesting window. Construction is set to begin in spring 2018 and be completed by early 2019. The City worked with a landscape architect and considered feedback from a March 29 public information session before finalizing the park concept. Features will include: 

  • Play features that promote balance, agility, coordination and strength, such as a wooden climbing structure for children and youth, and slides and climbing features on the embankment;
  • An enhanced playground with accessible features and coloured rubber ground surfacing for children from age two to 12;
  • A plaza with picnic tables and seating near the playground, and seating throughout the park;
  • Accessible pathway will lead park users throughout the park, as well as a multi-use pathway along Burke Village Promenade;
  • Scenic views from various locations, including a lookout with porch swing and telescope; 
  • Open lawn space for picnicking and other informal uses, including a flat area near the playground; and
  • Landscaping and planting beds throughout, including a reforested landscape at the north end to create a green backdrop and buffer to future housing.

The planning of Riley Park was coordinated with the planning for Sheffield Park, another neighbourhood park to be constructed nearby with a proposed mini sport court, trails, table tennis, playground, youth area and other amenities (details and timing to come later).

The City-owned property that will house Riley Park is currently covered in second-growth trees, primarily red alders in decline and young Western hemlock. 

Since the park planning began in 2016, City staff have been seeking ways to retain clusters of existing trees in the park, and to that end hired an arborist to conduct an extensive assessment. However, the arborist report concluded that most of the trees on the site are in decline, and any healthy ones would not remain viable once all the failing trees are removed and the ground work is conducted for the park.  To that end, tree removal will take place as part of the site preparation in February 2018. 

A tree replanting strategy has been developed, with a plan to reforest the northern part of the park, and to plant trees, shrubs and groundcovers throughout the park for seasonal interest, scents, textures and ecological benefits.

Additional information about the project is available on the Parks Projects webpage.

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