2015

Sep 15, 2015 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Approves Town Centre Park Plaza

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, Tuesday September 15, 2015 – The new outdoor festivals and events plaza at Town Centre Park is now ready to move into construction following Council approval of the final design.

The Town Centre Park Plaza will accommodate events of various sizes, with a seating capacity of 900 that can be increased to 1,300 with the addition of up to 400 temporary chairs. This new outdoor venue will be a focal point for large community events like Coquitlam 125 anniversary celebrations and Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day, as well as a variety of community festivals and events throughout the year.

The final design provides a flexible, year-round public space, with siting and layout that takes advantage of existing park slopes and features, and provides barrier-free access to the stage area and seating. Key features include:

  • Eight seating levels integrated into grassed berms;
  • Inscribed seat-wall faces featuring community stories highlighting the City’s 125-year history;
  • A tree-lined, barrier-free pathway circling the outer perimeter of the seating area; and
  • Electrical servicing for festivals and events.

Public feedback has been incorporated into the final design, including a canopy cover over the performance stage to increase function and convenience for community users. The final design also incorporates feedback from the Univeral Access-Ability Committee for barrier-free access such as slope grades of 8% or lower, hard surface access to the front row of seats and back of the Plaza, unobstructed access to middle seat rows, and universal access to the stage area.

The City has also conducted a noise impact assessment with a qualified acoustic engineer and collected sound data during the Canada Day celebrations as well as ambient sound during non-event periods. Recommended operational actions will reduce noise impacts and operational controls will be incorporated into event licences.

Next steps include working with the Arts and Culture Committee to update the Festival and Special Events Policy to formalize operational guidelines and controls to manage events in Town Centre Park.

The $2.7 million Town Centre Park Plaza will be funded using $1 million from Bonus Density and $1.7 million in additional funding identified in the 2016 Capital Plan. Construction is anticipated to start in winter 2015 with completion anticipated for late spring 2016.

For more information on the Town Centre Park Plaza, visit coquitlam.ca/parkprojects.

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For more information, contact:
Michelle Hunt

Director, Planning & Business Services
Parks, Recreation and Culture
604-927-3531