2014

Jan 21, 2014 Return to Headlines

Preliminary Concept to Manage Mundy Park Forest

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, Tuesday, January 21, 2014 – The City of Coquitlam has announced a preliminary concept for the development of a forest management plan for Mundy Park.

Mundy Park is the largest of Coquitlam’s parks at 440 acres. Within the park there are 400 acres of forest dedicated as an Urban Forest Park that includes two lakes, three streams and a 16-kilometre trail network that provide tremendous recreational, environmental, aesthetic and health benefits to the community.

Given the park’s importance to the community, the City identified the development of a forest management plan as a priority in 2013.

When complete, the forest management plan will lay out a road map for managing the 400 acres of dedicated urban forest to ensure that the full range of public benefits from these assets will be sustained and celebrated for current and future generations. 

The plan will not be an overall park management plan, but rather will focus on just the urban forest area. Its objective will be to balance existing and future recreational uses of the forest area with the protection of the forest and the natural processes. It will inform future decisions about forest uses and provide guidance for operational activities.

The forest management plan is being developed in consultation with public stakeholders and park users. An 11-member community focus group has been assembled to assist staff, and includes six representatives of community stakeholder groups that represent park users, as well as five volunteer representatives of Committees of Council. 

The community at large will also have a chance to provide their input through a variety of public engagement opportunities, including an open house planned for the summer of 2014.

The Preliminary Concept Plan can be viewed online at coquitlam.ca/parksplanning. The target for presenting the final plan to Council for approval is fall 2014.

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For more information, contact:
Lanny Englund
Manager, Urban Forests and Parks Services
604-927-3661