Dec 17, 2015 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Crowd Pulls Record-Setting Weeds

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, December 17, 2015 – More than 800 people who gathered in Mundy Park on October 4-5 have now officially set a world record for the most people involved in an invasive plant removal.

The City of Coquitlam pioneered the record category with Record Setter and is the first municipality to tackle invasive plants in this manner – effectively clearing 440 acres in Mundy Park in just 24 hours. Most notably, the greatest invasive threat, English Ivy, was eradicated from the park as a result. That makes Mundy Park the only urban forest in the Lower Mainland that is free of invasive weeds.

Invasive plant management is increasingly being recognized as a high priority for park stewards around the world. This tremendous volunteer effort demonstrates residents’ commitment to protect Mundy Park, the City’s natural jewel.

City Council and staff extend thanks to the various schools, city groups, churches, and community organizations for their incredible volunteer efforts. It speaks to the community’s commitment to our parks when so many member of the public will come out on an October afternoon to pull weeds. 

Video of the event can be viewed at http://rec.st/r2AaR

Members of the public are encouraged to get involved in invasive plant work parties and other park stewardship projects in 2016.  If you are interested in becoming a Park Spark volunteer, or have a project idea, visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkspark or email parkspark@coquitlam.ca.

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For more information, contact:
Kathleen Reinheimer
Manager, Parks
City of Coquitlam