2014

Sep 08, 2014 Return to Headlines

Engage on Mundy Park Forest Management Plan

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Community Invited to Engage on Mundy Park Forest Management Plan

COQUITLAM, BC, Monday, September 8, 2014 – The City of Coquitlam will be looking to engage with the community on the future of Mundy Park Urban Forest as it moves to the next stage of its forest management planning process.

A forest management plan is essentially a large-scale ‘check-up’ of a park, which assesses the current status of the park and makes recommendations for improvement in the short and long term. At 400 acres, Mundy Park is the largest City-owned forested park in Coquitlam. It was dedicated as an Urban Forest Park in 1993 and, as such, the park is committed for the public’s use and enjoyment as well as the management, conservation and enhancement of native flora and fauna.

Mundy Park’s Forest Management Plan looks at the wooded and other natural areas of the park, but does not cover the sports fields, the facilities area or the BC Hydro right-of-way. The Plan assesses the climate, land, plants and animals, and also the unique considerations of the natural forest in an urban environment and its interaction with park users.

Following an initial assessment, Mundy Park Urban Forest was determined to be in overall good health, and there is a high level of recreational user satisfaction. Nevertheless, there are opportunities to further enhance the park users’ experience, the forest itself, and to increase community engagement in the stewardship of the Park while ensuring this premier natural asset is protected for future generations.

Park users and residents interested in learning more about the Forest Management Plan, providing feedback on the project, or becoming involved in Mundy Park, are encouraged to visit www.coquitlam.ca/mundy or attend an Information Session on September 20, 2014 from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier Street).
 
Park visitors can also find out more and provide feedback on this plan at the Public Information Booths that will be set up as follows at Mundy Park:

  • Thursday, September 25, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Hillcrest gravel lot
  • Saturday, September 27, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Chilko Boulevard parking lot
  • Monday, September 29, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hillcrest gravel lot
  • Wednesday, October 1, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Chilko Boulevard parking lot
  • Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Spani Pool parking lot
  • Monday, October 6, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Spani Pool parking lot

Public feedback will be incorporated into the final plan, and will be presented to Council for approval in the coming months. Once approved, the Plan will provide a blueprint to ensure implementation of key actions to safeguard this natural and recreation asset for years to come.

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For more information, contact:
Lanny Englund
Urban Forest and Parks Services Manager
604-927-6330