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Nov 07, 2017 Return to Headlines

Town Centre Park Planning Moves to Next Stage

by Robbin Whachell |

COQUITLAM, BC, No​v. 7, 2017 – Improvements to Coquitlam’s largest and busiest park – Town Centre Park – are set to begin next year, after the master planning process took another step forward yesterday.

On Monday, Council-in-Committee provided their feedback for the final revisions to the Town Centre Park Master Plan (TCPMP) and implementation strategy.

The TCPMP will come back to Council for approval and adoption this winter, along with funding requests for some of the short-term (2018 to 2022) projects, such as new washroom in the festival staging area and improvements to walking trails, landscaping, signs, lighting and the water play and playground areas. Three artificial turf fields will also be updated in the same timeframe through the Coquitlam Sports Field Strategy.

At 100 acres, Town Centre Park is one of Coquitlam’s largest urban parks and a destination for sports, recreation, culture and leisure activities. Significant projected population growth and a new SkyTrain station next to the park prompted the City last year to launch a master planning process to guide park development for the next 20 years.

Once adopted, the final TCPMP will reflect almost two years of planning and public consultation, including two public information sessions and a survey this May on the Draft Land Use Plan. Over 300 participants – 91 per cent of them from Coquitlam – gave the highest levels of support to plans to:

  • Make Town Centre Park a destination park with its own identity;
  • Provide more amenities for passive recreation and picnicking;
  • Retain existing recreation elements that are in good condition, including four of the six sand volleyball courts;
  • Provide additional washrooms, changing facilities and a new fieldhouse;
  • Retain and enhance natural areas and forests;
  • Enhance the park’s pathways and wayfinding; and
  • Incorporate more outdoor furniture such as benches and ping-pong tables.

The TCPMP 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.

If the plan is approved, close to $40 million (in 2017 dollars) in improvements are to be phased in over the life of the TCPMP and include:

  • New restrooms in several locations;
  • Replacement of the North and Central Fieldhouses;
  • More open lawn space in the south portion for gatherings, events and leisure use;
  • A lush, colourful Garden Walk that extends from the Inspiration Garden through the northwest portion of the park and around Lafarge Lake;
  • An enhanced park core for active play and recreation, including a spray pad that can double as a dry play space and a creative playground for children of all abilities;
  • A defined sports hub and sport facility upgrades; and
  • Improved directional signage, pedestrian pathways and entry gateways throughout the park.

The existing 1998 Master Plan has guided the development and ongoing evolution of the park space and amenities since the park opened in 1989.

For more information on the Town Centre Park Master Plan, visit www.coquitlam.ca/tcpmp.

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

 

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