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Final Work Begins on Town Centre Park Festival Hub This Fall

by Caitlin Osborne |

COQUITLAM, BC, Sept. 4, 2019 Enhanced festival facilities – including improved lawns and landscaping, gathering space, washrooms and concession – will greet event-goers next summer at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.

Tuesday night, Coquitlam City Council approved the detailed design for a festival hub surrounding the TD Community Plaza stage and overlooking Lafarge Lake – planned as part of the Town Centre Park Master Plan (TCPMP) adopted in 2018.

Project Details

The project will go to tender this month, with construction set to start in October and wrap up by May 2020. The improvements will include:

  • A 650-square-metre (7,000-square-foot) gathering space with concrete paving, a harvest picnic table, large bench, shade umbrellas, lighting and movable seating;
  • A 190-square-metre (2,050 square-foot) washroom and servery building along the edge of the plaza, with men’s, women’s and universal washrooms, along with space and servicing for a possible future concession;
  • An upgraded festival lawn with better sightlines to the stage, new planting beds, 57 new shade trees, and a trail system with lighting; and
  • A localized power supply to support future event growth.

Other project elements include additional pathway lighting, a new fire hydrant on Trevor Wingrove Way, and the removal of the old washroom building near the tennis courts once the new washrooms are open.

The first phase of the festival lawn improvements took place this spring and included expansion of the lawn area and installation of irrigation and services.

Long-term Plan for City’s Largest Park

The upgrades are part of the TCPMP’s 20-year plan for the 42-hectare (103-acre) park, named Canada’s Greatest Public Space in 2017 by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Opened in 1989 on the site of a former gravel quarry, Town Centre Park is the jewel of Coquitlam’s park system and a destination for sports, recreation, culture and leisure activities. Events at the TD Community Plaza, Percy Perry Stadium and other facilities attract thousands of people each year from throughout the city and region.

Other planned projects for 2020 to 2022 include:

  • Additional restrooms;
  • Lake loop pathway improvements including lighting improvements and addition of new pathways;
  • Forest enhancements on the north and south end of Lafarge Lake;
  • Addition of more display flower beds along pathways;
  • Improved park way-finding signage;
  • Development of new enhanced playground and water play areas;
  • More amenities for passive recreation and picnicking; and
  • More outdoor furniture such as benches and ping-pong tables. 

In accordance with the Coquitlam Sports Field Strategy, artificial turf field was replaced at Ted Fridge Field in 2018 and Domenic Mobilio Field this summer. It’s anticipated that Don Cunnings Field artificial turf will be replaced in 2020. Collectively these improvements substantially reinvigorate premier sport field amenities available at Town Centre Park.

The master plan’s vision is for a timeless park with something for everyone – a community focal point that respects the park’s historical and existing feel and character, while providing modern amenities and capturing new and evolving opportunities. The plan’s four guiding principles have centred around Town Centre Park being a place of destination, connection, evolution and celebration for the community. 

For more information and to read the plan, visit www.coquitlam.ca/tcpmp.

Additional information and park project updates are available at www.coquitlam.ca/parkprojects.

Media contact:
Lanny Englund
Manager, Park Planning and Forestry
City of Coquitlam