The City of Coquitlam is currently home to over 150,000 people and is expected to reach over 235,000 residents by 2046. To manage the impact that this growth will have on sport and recreation, parks, arts and culture programs and services, the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan and the Implementation Strategy will provide the policy framework and a capital investment strategy to support the City’s ongoing delivery of services in these areas.The City’s long-term estimated capital needs to deliver these services will total $500 million over the next 30 years and will bring with it change to all areas. The new assets and infrastructure will primarily be funded by developer contributions as the City grows.
The purpose of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan (PDF) is to provide an overall framework and plan that:
The following strategies, plans and policies support the Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) Master Plan.
Originally adopted by the City of Coquitlam in February 2013, the Aquatic Services and Infrastructure Strategy established a long-range plan for the renewal and development of aquatic facilities in Coquitlam. Several factors were identified through the PRC Master Plan process that were expected to impact the planning for future aquatic services, and Council directed staff to update the Aquatic Services and Infrastructure Strategy to reflect these developments. The Update to the Strategy was adopted in 2017.
The Arena Services and Facilities Strategy provides a road map for the provision of ice arena services to 2030. The Strategy focuses on how the City can best invest limited public resources to meet current and future demands for ice, allow for growth of ice sports, and support learn-to-skate opportunities and recreational participation.
The Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategic Plan (ACHSP) provides an overarching vision and strategic planning framework to guide the City and its partners in organizing, coordinating and prioritizing cultural programs and services to meet current and future community needs. For more information, please visit the Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategic Plan page. The ACHSP was adopted in 2017.
The Cemetery Services Plan is a comprehensive, 30-year plan for civic-run cemeteries that builds on existing cemetery assets to meet the interment needs of residents of Coquitlam. The Cemetery Services Plan was adopted in 2019.
For more information about upcoming updates to the Cemetery, visit the Cemetery Service Plan page.
The Parks, Recreation and Culture Services Department is responsible for administering the policy related to park amenity, artwork, financial gifts, and other assets donated to the City. The Donation Policy was adopted in 2014. For more information, please visit the Donation and Gifting Program page.
Coquitlam Festivals and events play an important role in Coquitlam’s quality of life through the support, enhancement and promotion of volunteerism, arts, culture and heritage, sport and recreation, learning and participation opportunities. The Event, Festival and Tournament Policy and Process Guidelines, which provide a framework for the effective delivery of festivals and events in Coquitlam, was adopted in 2018.
The Facility Allocation Policy ensures public facilities are used to the greatest benefit of the community to provide access to a broad range of activities, optimize the use of the existing inventory, and assist in monitoring space needs for future facility planning. The Facility Allocation Policy was adopted in 2017.
The City adopted the Gender Equity Policy in 1999 to define its role in achieving gender equity in the context of park and recreation programming and services. The aim of the Policy is to assist community members to participate in the active living opportunities of their choice, and to ensure those choices are valued and supported in an equitable way. Within this Policy, Gender Equity can be understood as the principle and practice of fair and equitable allocation of resources and the reduction or elimination of barriers to participation based on gender bias.
The City is developing a user-friendly document that will distil and map out the complex process of funding, designing, constructing and operating more than 25 planned facility projects.
The Public Art Policy and Plan, adopted in 2011, describes a process to develop and manage the City’s public art collection. An update to the Policy and Plan will begin in 2020.
The PRC Seniors Services Strategy guides the provision of park, recreation and culture services and programs, ensuring relevant, responsive and accessible opportunities for this diverse and growing population over the next 10 to 15 years. The PRC Seniors Services Strategy was adopted in 2018.
The 2013 to 2023 Sports Field Strategy addresses growth, standards, industry trends and sustainability to guide decision-making in sports field development. An update to the Strategy will begin in 2020.
The Tennis and Pickleball Services and Facilities Strategy provides a framework for the appropriate level of service and capital investment for new courts, and the maintenance of existing assets. The Tennis and Pickleball Services and Facilities Strategy was adopted in 2017.
The Unsolicited P3 Proposals Policy establishes parameters for the submission and evaluation of unsolicited P3 proposals. The Policy provides process certainty and clarity for all stakeholders by ensuring a consistent framework for selection, evaluation and approval of an unsolicited P3 Project. The Policy was adopted in 2017.
The goal of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Youth Strategy is to ensure that young residents can access the quality park, recreation and culture experiences they value, have opportunities to develop skills, contribute ideas, make new connections, try new things, and most of all, enjoy a healthy lifestyle now and into the future. The Youth Strategy was adopted in 2019 with implementation beginning in 2020.