The upgraded festival hub – along with its proximity to transit and stunning views of Lafarge Lake – leaves Town Centre Park well positioned to once again host major local and regional events in the future.
The project was complete in December 2020 and the festival lawn and new washroom building are open to the public.
A 650-square-metre (7,000-square-foot) plaza with concrete paving, a harvest picnic table, a large curved bench, fixed umbrellas for shade, lighting, and movable tables and chairs;
A 190-square-metre (2,050 square-foot) washroom and servery building along the edge of the plaza, with men’s and women’s washrooms (three stalls each), two universal washrooms, and space and servicing for a future concession lease;
An upgraded festival lawn with better sightlines to the stage, which will facilitate large civic events through improved drainage and irrigation systems, enhanced planting beds, and over 55 new shade trees;
Upgraded pathways to improve circulation, and new lighting along main paths; and
A localized power supply to support future event growth.
The planned improvements will span about a quarter of Town Centre Park, the gem of Coquitlam’s park system and a local and regional destination for festivals and recreation.
The concept improves capacity and the overall user experience, enhances safety and access for people of all abilities, and augments the park’s trees and greenery. Three distinct zones are proposed:
A Garden Walk on the east side of the lake, with plantings for year-round visual interest, a network of secondary trails and seating areas, lighting, new lawn areas and, if budget permits, tiered steps to the water next to the TD Community Plaza;
An Urban Walk on the west side with new lighting, outdoor furnishings for social gathering, and a two-stall universal washroom near Evergreen Cultural Centre (currently under construction and set to open in the spring); and
A Forest Walk on the south side, featuring a widened asphalt trail with sections of boardwalk, extensive tree planting, lighting and new meandering trails.
Feedback from Council and the public through an engagement process in October 2020 will be incorporated into the detailed design, implementation plan and budget, to be presented to Council and the public in early 2021.
Construction has begun on new public washrooms at the southwest end of Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park, which will be built on the east-facing exterior of Evergreen Cultural Centre with easy access from the surrounding trails.
Building features include:
Two universal and fully accessible stalls, each with their own entrance, toilet, sink and folding change table;
An exterior drinking fountain and water bottle filler;
Wayfinding signs in the surrounding area to direct trail users to the washrooms; and
Lighting to enhance visibility, surveillance and safety.
The construction will have no impact on nearby trail use or Evergreen Cultural Centre operations, and the new washrooms are anticipated to be ready for public use by spring 2021.