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Jul 02, 2015 Return to Headlines

Mundy Park Enhancements to Benefit Park Users

by Kevin Henkelman |

Mundy Park is a Coquitlam jewel with 400 acres of urban forest dedicated for the public’s use and enjoyment.

Recognizing the need to balance the needs of various park users, the City of Coquitlam developed a Forest Management Plan for the park that was adopted by Council in June 2015. 

As part of the public consultation process for the Forest Management Plan, the City received many comments from the public on dog conflicts in Mundy Park, and how these conflicts were impacting public enjoyment.

As such, Council recently approved a multi-pronged approach, to help manage these conflicts and achieve a better balance for all park users. This includes: 

  • Increased Bylaw Enforcement – this is already underway using existing resources. The results of this will be monitored and will inform a future budget request for more Bylaw presence in the park on an ongoing basis. 
  • Trail Enhancements and New Separate Trails – new construction is planned for later this year and plans will incorporate:
    1. A new permanent dog off leash trail loop in the southeast corner of the park that will be off leash from dawn to dusk every day. This will provide a 20 to 30 minute walk with an option for a shorter walk if desired and will connect with the parking lot on Chilko and Mariner way.
    2. A new “No Dogs/ Nature Trail Loop” will be connected to the Mundy Lake trail that has always been a no dogs zone due to its sensitive habitat. This will provide a 1,750 meter nature trail loop available for those who wish to avoid encounters with dogs.
    3. The paved community path will remain dogs on leash only – as has always been the case. As the attached map illustrates, the developed part of the park including the playground and sports fields will remain on leash only.
    4. All the rest of the forest trail system will remain status quo, with dogs allowed off leash from dawn till 10:00 am daily. There are no plans to change the current off-leash hours

New signage and maps will also be installed to make it easy for people to find their way and understand the rules.

The total cost for all of these improvements – including the overall trail system improvements, the “No Dogs / Nature Trail Loop” and the Dog Off-Leash Loop is $175,000.

It is anticipated that construction on the new trails will begin later in 2015. City staff will also hold information sessions in the park to help users understand the changes.

To find out more about the Mundy Park Forest Management plan, visit coquitlam.ca/mundy. To learn more about Coquitlam's various dog off-leash facilities, visit coquitlam.ca/dogparks.