Work and upgrades in Town Centre Park are guided by the Town Centre Park Master Plan. This document provides a practical community based vision and guiding principles, illustrative conceptual plans for future improvements and a phased construction strategy to implement developments to park over the next 15 to 20 years.
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, approved by Council on July 26, 2021, 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.
Construction is already underway on the washroom next to the Evergreen Cultural Centre and it is set to open in fall 2021. Other improvements scheduled for 2021 include:
Widening and repaving approximately 700 linear metres of pathway through the Garden and Urban walks, including a pathway realignment to make the new washroom more accessible.
New and upgraded lighting through the Garden and Urban walks including power and infrastructure for more seasonal lighting features, for use during events such as Lights at Lafarge.
Flower and shrub planting areas in the Garden Walk, including drainage and irrigation, that will provide beautiful features while respecting the need for open space during large festivals and events.
Site furnishings including seating walls, benches and garbage cans.
Wayfinding signs including new signs for the Trans Canada Trail kiosk.
Work on the Forest Walk and another small portions of the Garden Walk is planned for 2022.
Have Your Say
The public was invited to provide their feedback on the proposed changes to the Lake Loop in Oct. 2020. We've summarized that feedback in this What We Heard infographic.
Built on the east-facing exterior of Evergreen Cultural Centre with easy access from the surrounding trails, the new public washrooms at the southwest end of Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park are now open to the public. This project was complete in October 2021.
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.