Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park is a destination city-wide park that also serves the local community, providing exceptional sport, recreation and cultural amenities and experiences.
Thirty years ago, the Park was the site of a gravel plant and pit. What visitors now enjoy as picturesque Lafarge Lake was, in fact, a manmade excavated lake donated to the City by the LaFarge company in the mid 1980’s. To help the City realize a vision of hosting the 1991 Summer Games, the surrounding land was given by the Province and developed into a state-of-the-art sport and recreation facility. Town Centre Park officially opened in May 1989, and the BC Summer Games, held two years later, were a huge success.
Within the hundred acres of Town Centre Park, the legacy of sport, recreation and celebration continues:
Community events, festivals and tournaments are held throughout the year, including Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day on July 1st. A performance and event plaza is planned for the east side of the lake to support Canada Day and other events and to enhance the casual use enjoyment of park visitors.
Coquitlam’s largest inventory of sport facilities, which includes the Percy Perry track and field stadium, 5 lit synthetic turf playing fields and a grass playing field, a basketball court, roller hockey court, 3 ball diamonds, 8 lit tennis courts , 6 sand volleyball courts, and outdoor fitness equipment, are available at the Park. View the Sport Facility Hosting Guide for more information about Town Centre Park amenities.
- Percy Perry Stadium track provides lighting throughout the year for those who enjoy an evening fitness walk.
- Town Centre Park site map
BMX Jump Park – BMX riders can develop their jump gap bike skills at the bmx jump track located on the south-east side of Town Centre Park. Formerly known as the ‘Pipeline BMX Bike Park’, the competition level BMX Track was redesigned in 2012 to include a new primary circuit, as well as a beginner circuit within the existing track footprint. The redesigned free-style track now provides for a broader range of experiences for the BMX rider.
Other amenities for active play include a skateboard bowl, spray park, table tennis and foosball tables, and playground with accessible features.
Lafarge Lake, loop trail and lawn meadows invite strolling, picnicking, or fishing from the pier – the Lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout between March and November by the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery. Enjoy the forest walk and mountain views and visit in the evening to experience the fountain colours and seasonal light displays.
Inspiration Garden, located in the southeast corner of the Park, supports and inspires gardeners with a focus on sharing knowledge about sustainable growing practices. Discover beautiful horticultural displays and many opportunities for learning at the Inspiration Garden.
55+ BC Games
Please note the following have been reserved for the 55+ BC Games Tue, Sept. 20 – Sat, Sept. 24:
- Fridge, Mobilio & Cunnings sports fields
- All tennis courts
- Percy Perry Stadium, track
Parking will be limited during this time.
A Look Back
Mel Earl was the Lafarge Canada Plant Manager and the Park Commissioner who persuaded his company to donate the Lafarge Gravel Pit land to the citizens of Coquitlam as Town Centre Park. He passed away on July 29, 1992 and there is a monument to him in the park located on the west side of the tennis courts.