When Blakeburn Lagoons Park opens in late 2017, it will be a peaceful oasis where people can go to commune with nature and experience a functioning wildlife habitat.
The public was invited to review the preliminary design plan for Blakeburn Lagoons Park at an information session held on Tuesday July 19, 2016. The information session was an opportunity to see how the public feedback collected was incorporated into the preliminary design for the new passive park to be created in northeast Port Coquitlam.Drawings and schematics can be viewed here.
Two park design concepts were unveiled for public feedback at an Open House on May 11, 2016.
Following public consultation this spring, the City of Port Coquitlam is moving forward with Concept #2, which focuses on enhancing the wildlife habitat and ecological function of the 11-hectare (27-acre) park that is being constructed on the site of two former waste settling ponds in the city’s northeast sector.
The final design reflects feedback from 518 survey respondents and more than 150 people who attended an open house in May. Sixty-five per cent of the survey respondents preferred a wildlife-oriented design over a more traditional people-oriented park design, with the majority of respondents indicating they would like to use the park for walking or running, viewing nature and bird watching.
Survey respondents were also asked if they supported using some space in the new park to recognize prevention of violence against women. After taking into account both the responses and written comments, a reflective space has been designated that will provide park visitors an opportunity to reflect, heal and honour any person or circumstance of their choice.
The contract has been awarded to Wester Watershed Ltd who will begin work in April 2017.
- The project includes rehabilitating and reshaping two abandoned settling ponds located on an 11-hectare (27.2-acre) piece of overgrown, unused City property in the Riverwood neighbourhood.
- Planning and design work will be completed in 2016. Project completion is anticipated by the end of 2017 (see timeline below).
- The multi-million dollar project is funded with $1.9 million from the federal-provincial Small Communities Fund program, with the remainder from City parkland and development cost charge reserve funds.
The grant funds are enabling the City to clean up the site and transform it into a natural destination the whole community can enjoy, while easing the burden on taxpayers.
BackgroundThe site has been closed to the public since the mid-1970s, when the two sanitary waste settling ponds (totaling seven hectares, or 14.8 acres in size) were decommissioned.
The City considered developing the unused site into a passive community park in the late 1990s, but the project was deferred due to the high cost of rehabilitation work, including removing the hazardous substances in the soil.
The project was included in the 2006 Parks, Recreation and Culture Plan as a future passive park, pending funding.
- Looped walking trails throughout the park,
- A reflective space identified by a plaque as a place to reflect, heal and honour, with seating, planting and southwest views of the lagoons,
- Viewing platforms and wildlife hides at key vantage points,
- Different types of vegetation (woodland, grassland and wetland) to provide diverse wildlife habitat,
- Wetland islands primarily dedicated to wildlife habitat, and
- Vegetative buffers to protect environmentally sensitive areas from public access.
- improve the habitat for wildlife, birds and aquatic species on the site, and
- help to manage stormwater runoff in the Riverwood neighbourhood.
Preparation for the project includes research and planning for:
- Site remediation
- Infrastructure removal and construction
- Habitat restoration
- Landscaping and park features
Contact:Engineering & Public Works Department
Lee-Ann Truong, P. Eng
Manager of Capital Projects