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Coquitlam's Centre Park Named Canada's Greatest Public Space for 2017City of Coquitlam
COQUITLAM - Tri-City residents already know Town Centre Park is a great public space – and now city planners across the country agree.
On World Town Planning Day Nov. 8, the Canadian Institute of Planners named the 42-hectare (103-acre) park in Coquitlam’s City Centre the 2017 Great Public Space winner in their annual Great Places in Canada contest.
Judged by professional city planners, the contest recognizes a well-planned Canadian public space (including parks), neighbourhood and street each year that benefits its community and provides lasting value.
Town Centre Park opened in 1989 after Lafarge Lake was donated to the City by the Lafarge company. The jury noted the park’s evolution from a former gravel pit to a City-wide and regional destination, and highlighted the addition of Town Centre Park Plaza in 2016.
“From its beginnings as a former gravel pit, this area has reinvented itself to become a focal point for the community and a close walk from downtown,” said the jury statement. “The jury recognized the many strengths of the park, including its everyday use, community focus, continued evolution, accessibility for multi-generational activities, and the significant role it already plays as the spirit and pride for the City of Coquitlam.”
Along with the national recognition brought by the win, Coquitlam will also receive a plaque to display at the park site.
The park’s contest nomination highlighted the numerous amenities that make it a local and regional destination and host of successful events and festivals such as the BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival, Kaleidoscope Arts Festival and Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day.
Park features include:
- Lafarge Lake, stocked with rainbow trout for fishing each spring and fall;
- Walking and jogging paths, including a scenic loop trail around the lake;
- Town Centre Park Plaza, with seating for up to 1,300 and scenic lake views;
- The Inspiration Garden, with its beautiful horticultural displays and public education on sustainable gardening;
- Sports facilities such as Percy Perry Stadium, playing fields, ball diamonds, a variety of sports courts, and outdoor fitness equipment; and
- Active play facilities such as a skateboard park, spray park, table tennis and playground.
- Further improvements are in store for Town Centre Park, the subject of a master planning process that will guide park development for the next 20 years. The plan will come back to Council for approval this winter and improvements will begin in 2018. For details about the Town Centre Park Master Plan, visit www.coquitlam.ca/tcpmp.
More information about the Great Places in Canada contest can be found at www.greatplacesincanada.ca. Details about the amenities at Town Centre Park can be found through www.coquitlam.ca/park-finder.
An album of related images is available for download at https://www.flickr.com/gp/cityofcoquitlam/1a066B.
Managers Parks Planning & Forestry