Youth Recreation Plan

Coquitlam’s New Youth Strategy

Coquitlam has adopted a new Youth Strategy to help guide City programs and services to meet the unique and changing needs of teens and young adults in the community. Learn more.

Check out the Youth Strategy.

Putting the Youth Strategy Into Action

The PRC Youth Strategy Implementation Plan 2020-2024 will define how the City will achieve the Goals and Actions identified in the Strategy along with performance indicators to measure progress on the Strategy each year.

Implementation of the Strategy will begin in 2020 with actions such as providing programming and spaces that support youth wellness; piloting outdoor adventure programs and creative projects; developing initiatives to encourage inclusiveness and remove barriers to participation; and involving youth in decision making such as park and facility development processes.

A youth-friendly version of the Strategy – the PRC Youth Rec Plan, will also will be shared with youth in the fall to show how their input has been reflected and how the City will be working toward meeting their needs within the community.

Did you know?

  • Youth who engage in outdoor active play in natural environments show increased resilience and coping skills.
  • Youth who participate in the arts and creative activities show increased learning and community involvement.
  • Youth who feel connected to their community are more likely to report a positive outlook.
  • Youth who get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day are much more likely to get sufficient sleep and feel happy.

The project has included two consultation phases: a youth participant survey conducted in the summer and a community survey and other engagement opportunities in late fall 2018.

Phase I: Youth Recreation Participant Survey: Summer 2018

In the first phase of consultation, we asked current participants for their feedback on Coquitlam programs and facilities and their suggestions for other park, recreation and culture activities and amenities.

Phase II: Youth Recreation Community Survey: Fall 2018

In the second phase, we asked for additional input on how we can help young residents continue to enjoy or rediscover the benefits of play, creativity, and movement, and participate in ways that work for them. We ​heard from youth (11-18 years) and young adults (19-24 years), as well as from adults who support youth at home, at school, and in the community. Everyone interested in youth recreation and wellness ​was invited to provide input and participate in the consultation.

The information gathered will support the development of goals to ensure that young residents can access the quality park, recreation and culture experiences they value, have opportunities to develop skills, contribute ideas, make new connections and try new things.  And most of all, enjoy a healthy lifestyle now and into the future.


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