Cottonwood Park is undergoing a major multi-year expansion that began in 2018. Phase 1B is currently underway and will expand the park from 1.1 hectares (2.6 acres) to 2.1 hectares (5.15 acres) and add a softball diamond, soccer field, multi-use sport court, parkour elements, gathering spaces and other amenities.
Cottonwood Park’s expansion began in 2018, when Phase 1A brought new play equipment, a water play area, a youth activity and social area, a washroom, a picnic shelter and a parking lot.
Phase 1C, anticipated in the next few years, will include three lit racket sport courts and a permanent trail connection to Cottonwood Avenue. Ultimately, the park is intended to become a 4.65-hectare (11.5-acre) community-level park, almost double what the City had envisioned for the park in 2002.
The park expansion project grew out of an agreement-in-principle between the YMCA, Concert Properties and the City to deliver community recreation and park amenities to the Burquitlam neighbourhood. The overall park concept plan was developed in 2017 with community input.