COQUITLAM, B.C., Sept. 13, 2021 – The latest improvements at the Coquitlam Crunch opened this week, including a paved and expanded parking lot and improved trail connections.
The improvements are part of an ongoing phased plan to expand the popular Coquitlam trail’s capacity. The completed improvements include:
- Paving the Lansdowne Drive parking lot and expanding capacity to 60 parking stalls, reducing on-street parking demand;
- Installing a digital sign to provide real-time available stall counts that will help reduce idling and in-and-out traffic;
- Building a new paved pathway on the west side of the parking lot access road; and
- Building new gravel trails to connect the parking lot to the existing Crunch trails.
Additional trail improvements south of the parking lot now provide more direct connection for pedestrians closer to the recently-built crosswalk at Guildford Way.
What’s Next: Coquitlam Crunch South Extension
The first proposed extension to the original Coquitlam Crunch Trail is the Coquitlam Crunch South Extension (Phase 3), running south of the Barnet Highway from Dewdney Trunk up the slope to Mariner Way and connecting to Mundy Park. The City engaged with the public earlier this year to gain feedback on the community’s vision for the trail extension.
Work on the preliminary design for the Coquitlam Crunch South Extension is underway with an update expected for Council in October. The City will be seeking public input on the concept plans later this fall. More information about the proposed South Extension and the engagement process is available at www.letstalkcoquitlam.ca/crunch.
The Coquitlam Crunch Trail and Expansion Plan ultimately envisions that the Coquitlam Crunch Trail would eventually connect to Eagle Mountain in the north and reach the Fraser River to the south, enhancing the City’s parks network and outdoor recreation offerings.
Consider Neighbours When Visiting the Crunch
With over 240 meters of elevation gain, the Crunch Trail in Northwest Coquitlam is a popular fitness destination that sees as many as 52,000 users per month during peak season. Increased use during the pandemic has intensified traffic, parking and safety concerns for residents of the area. Visitors are asked to respect the neighbourhood, obey all traffic laws, cross streets safely and use the parking lots off Runnel Drive or at Bramble Park as an alternative if the newly expanded Lansdowne lot is full. Visit www.coquitlam.ca/crunch for more information about the trail and amenities.
For information on other trails available in the City of Coquitlam, visit www.coquitlam.ca/trails.
Park Planning & Design Acting Manager
City of Coquitlam