The City of Coquitlam is repurposing portions of road right of ways or vacant lots to create unique, pedestrian-oriented seasonal parks. The Pop-up Parks will provide public open space for physical and social connections within neighbourhoods while stimulating adjacent businesses.
Three Pop-up Park Locations Now Open
The City Centre Pop-up Park opened June 1 at the corner of Atlantic Ave. and Baldwin St. next to Coquitlam Centre. Thanks to a temporary donation of the land by Morguard Properties, the City Centre Pop-up Park includes:
An urban beach for sandcastle building, sand volleyball games and beach chairs for relaxing;
Green space with café tables, space for lawn games and ping pong; and
An urban boardwalk with social seating and hammocks for lounging and reading, flower planters and gardens.
The Austin Heights location opened June 23 on Austin Ave. at Marmont St. This location offers colourful patio seating to allow for outdoor social interaction and increase outdoor seating for patrons of surrounding businesses.
The Burquitlam location opened July 16 at Burquitlam Plaza on North Rd. It includes partially covered swing seating among colourful planters.
Part of Coquitlam’s Community Support and Recovery Program
The Pop-up Parks are provided under Coquitlam’s Community Support and Recovery Program (CSRP), designed to foster community resilience and recovery by providing direct relief to residents, businesses, not-for-profit groups and other organizations.
The CSRP was developed as an umbrella plan that enables the City to provide support at the local level, and in tandem with supports being provided by other levels of government. The plan also recognizes that not all community members who need help or provide value are property owners. The multi-phased framework is designed to support all sectors of the community with projects and initiatives within the jurisdiction of local government.