Jun 16, 2016 Return to Headlines

Ongoing Improvement to Rochester Park

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 16, 2016 – Maillardville area residents will see renewed activity at Rochester Park, as construction crews move onto the site the week of June 20 and start work on park amenities.

One of Coquitlam’s oldest parks, Rochester Park is a partially-developed 10-acre community park that serves the Maillardville Neighbouhood of Southwest Coquitlam.

The new park elements are based on an outdoor nature play theme with amenities for all ages and include:

  • Youth area with skateable elements, obstacle climbing structure, zipline and tunnel slide;
  • Play areas for children and youth of all ages, interests and abilities;
  • A unique water play area for year-round use;
  • New washroom facility and picnic shelter;
  • Grassy areas for picnicking;
  • Two parking lots; and
  • A new trail network, enhanced by the restoration of Como Creek.

Upgrades to Rochester Park began in the summer of 2015 with trail enhancements and stream rehabilitation work. The City also undertook Public Works projects at the park site in 2015 and upgraded the sewer lines that run through the park as well as decommissioned the previous pool and buildings.

During the planning phase, City staff worked with School District 43 and École Maillard Middle School to help integrate the school and park properties and to coordinate the shared use of the park amenities and area parking lots.

The park’s north parking lot, adjacent to École Maillard Middle School,will be completed in September 2016. The two playgrounds areas – north and south – are expected to be complete in fall 2016 and summer 2017 respectively. The south parking lot, new washroom, and water play and grassy areas are also anticipated for completion in summer 2017.

Most of the Rochester Park trail enhancements are now available for public use and the final staircase at the north end of the creek is scheduled to be installed in June 2016.

Redevelopment of Rochester Park supports the City's corporate Strategic Goal of Increasing Active Participation and Creativity by offering both leisure and sport amenities in theMaillardville Neighbourhood of southwest Coquitlam, as well as the corporate Strategic Goal of Enhancing Sustainability of City Services and Infrastructure. This project, including trail design and construction, has been allocated a budget of $4.84 million.

Additional project information is available at www.coquitlam.ca/parkplanning.

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Media Contact:
Manager Capital Construction
City of Coquitlam