New Playful Art in Gates Park Highlights River Clean-Up

The City of Port Coquitlam invites residents to view the new temporary artwork in Gates Park. This original artwork was created by environmental artists, and former Port Coquitlam Artists-in-Residence, Dolores Altin and Elvira DS González, in partnership with the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable and the City of Port Coquitlam.

The “mutant fish” art installation speaks to the ongoing litter problem in the Lower Coquitlam River watershed, which pollutes the river and upsets the natural, ecological balance. This temporary installation is assembled from materials recovered from a river clean-up initiative along the Coquitlam River in 2021.

Every year, discarded materials are dredged out of rivers and streams around the world and these materials accumulate and leave a negative impact on the water quality.  Ultimately this affects plants and wildlife as, metal, plastics, and other unnatural materials leach toxins into the water system.

Port Coquitlam has more than 50 parks along with a 25-kilometre trail that encircles the City. While the City manages and maintains these areas, we need your help to keep them as clean, safe, and beautiful as possible for all members of the community to enjoy.

Adopt-a-SPOT (street, park, or trail) encourages local volunteers to show their PoCo Pride and take ownership of our local public spaces by removing litter and informing the City about issues and hazards for a designated period of time. Adopt a spot today and make a difference in your community. Learn more at

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Ximena Ibacache
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam
Tel 604.927.5499