Located in historic Maillardville, Mackin Park is home to Festival du Bois, and the public art piece, Pioneer Spirit. The park offers a variety of outdoor sport and recreation opportunities, including two playing fields, four ball diamonds, a playground, two lit tennis courts, a perimeter walking trail, spray park and skateboarding facility.
Nelson Creek flows through the naturalized area of the park.
A Look Back
In the 1920s and 30s, a modest baseball diamond on the current Mackin Park site attracted loyal ball fans from across the region. Each Sunday afternoon, large crowds descended on the park, paid their 10 cents and filled the stands. Many came to cheer on the “Circle F” Fraser Mills team as it challenged teams from Seattle, New Westminster, and the Asahi team from Vancouver. The Mill managers would often import “ringers” from the States to improve their line-up.
On April 12, 1943 Council gave authorization for the Reeve and Clerk to sign the Agreement received by Canadian Western Lumber Company Ltd. to donate Mackin Park to the District of Coquitlam. Mackin Park was officially dedicated as a public park on December 4, 1979.
During the 2011 Canadian Winter Olympics, the Olympic flame came to Coquitlam and a reception was held in Mackin Park on February 11, 2011. The flame was carried by Chris Wilson, a Coquitlam resident and championship wrestler, who represented Canada at Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
Sources: “Coquitlam 100 Years: Reflections of the Past,” District of Coquitlam, 1990; “Coquitlam Then and Now,” Coquitlam Public Library New Horizons for Seniors Committee, 2010; BC Sports Hall of Fame
Image: 1930 Fraser Mills baseball team, Circle F; (page 268) in “Coquitlam 100 Years: Reflections of the Past,” District of Coquitlam, 1990;