Sep 04, 2019 Return to Headlines

New Burke Mountain Park to be Celebrated Sept. 11

by Caitlin Osborne |

COQUITLAM, BC, Sept. 4, 2019 A neighbourhood celebration on Sept. 11 will give Burke Mountain residents a chance to check out the brand new Riley Park, with its play equipment, plazas, views and pathways.

Construction began last fall on the 3.5-acre (1.4-hectare) park, located at the corner of Burke Village Promenade and Riley Street in the heart of the Smiling Creek neighbourhood.

The opening celebration will take place Sept. 11, 5 to 7 p.m. and include an official ribbon-cutting, face painting, children’s entertainment, refreshments and Coquitlam Public Library’s Library Link. Mr. Tube Steak will also be on hand with hot dogs, chips and drinks.

A Place to Rest, Play and Move

The concepts of “rest, play and move” guided the design of Riley Park, which is bringing much-needed amenities to the growing area. Features include: 

  • Play features that promote balance, agility, coordination and strength, such as a wooden climbing structure for children and youth, as well as slides and climbing features on the embankment;
  • An enhanced playground with accessible features and coloured rubber surfacing for children from age two to 12;
  • A plaza with picnic tables and seating near the playground, and seating throughout the park;
  • Accessible pathways lead park users throughout the park, as well as a multi-use pathway along Burke Village Promenade;
  • Scenic views are celebrated with a lookout that has a porch swing and telescope; 
  • Open lawn space for picnicking and other informal uses, including a flat area near the playground; and
  • Landscaping and planting beds throughout.

The planning of Riley Park was coordinated with the planning for Sheffield Park, another neighbourhood park to be constructed nearby with complementary neighbourhood park amenities.

Additional information about the project is available at www.coquitlam.ca/parkprojects.

Media contact:
Andre Isakov
Park Planning & Design Manager
Parks, Recreation & Culture Services