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Mar 06, 2018 Return to Headlines

New Plan Triggers Improvements to Town Centre Park

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, March 6, 2018 – Work will begin this year on improvements to Town Centre Park’s walking paths, lakefront access, washrooms and other amenities following the adoption of the park’s new master plan.

The Town Centre Park Master Plan (TCPMP) and implementation strategy – the result of two years of planning and public consultation – will guide development of one of Coquitlam’s largest and busiest parks for the next 20 years. In addition to endorsing the plan, Council gave staff the go-ahead to start planning more than $5 million in improvements over the next five years, including amenities such as:

  • a new festival hub washroom; 
  • larger festival lawn for events, picnicking, and informal use;
  • forest plantings and upgraded lake loop with new boardwalk, improved lakefront access with a lush and colourful Garden Walk on the east side of the lake; and
  • a new public washroom by the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

The above improvements will be brought to Council for design and funding approval once detailed designs are completed. In addition to these projects, the new plan outlines several other improvements that will be phased over the life of the TCPMP. 
Opened in 1989 on the site of a former gravel quarry, the 42-hectare (103-acre) Town Centre Park is the jewel of Coquitlam’s park system and a destination for sports, recreation, culture and leisure activities. Events at Town Centre Park Plaza, Percy Perry Stadium and other facilities attract thousands of people each year from throughout the city and region. 

In 2017, the park was named Canada’s Greatest Public Space by the Canadian Institute of Planners. 

The City began taking steps to update the park’s original 1998 master plan about two years ago in light of significant projected population growth and the new SkyTrain station next to the park.  

The master plan’s vision is for a timeless park with something for everyone – a community focal point that respects the park’s historical and existing feel and character, while providing modern amenities and capturing new and evolving opportunities. The plan’s four guiding principles have centred around Town Centre Park being a place of destination, connection, evolution and celebration for the community.

The TCPMP was informed by extensive research, feedback from public information sessions and surveys in 2016 and 2017, and consultation with sports, accessibility and other stakeholders.

For more information and to read the plan, visit the Town Centre Park Master Plan webpage.

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