Port Coquitlam and BC Soccer Share Vision For New Soccer Hub
Port Coquitlam, BC – Dec. 13, 2021… The City of Port Coquitlam is very pleased to announce the potential to create a new dynamic soccer and community hub at Gates Park for both local use and competitive play.
The City has been working with the B.C. Soccer Association (B.C. Soccer), PoCo Euro-Rite FC (PoCo Soccer) and in cooperation with PoCo Sport Alliance, on a proposal that would add a new synthetic turf field (the home field of B.C. Soccer), a public plaza, spectator seating, a new headquarters office for B.C. Soccer that would include meetings space for local sports groups and training, washrooms, storage and parking. The enhancement would create a prominent soccer facility in Port Coquitlam.
A preliminary design has been developed and the City is now seeking grant funding needed to move the project forward. The vision of this soccer hub for both the City and B.C. Soccer is to enhance the livability, health and well-being of many by building the sport of soccer in B.C and support local and provincial amateur sport organizations.
“We’re very excited to be able to announce this opportunity to the community. It would bring so many benefits to Port Coquitlam including access to a state-of-the-art sports field and amenities for kids and families, increased opportunities for our residents to stay active and healthy, and a new dynamic public space. The project would also support the revitalization of our downtown and deliver economic spinoffs for local businesses,” Mayor Brad West said. “Being the new home for B.C. Soccer would help raise our community profile, further demonstrate Port Coquitlam’s leadership in amateur sport, and give kids and families in our community affordable access to soccer, field lacrosse and other sports.”
The addition of world-class playing and spectator facilities would also potentially open up new hosting opportunities for Port Coquitlam, such as lead-up events and festivals for the 2026 World Cup to be hosted by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
The proposal would involve the redevelopment of about four hectares (10 acres) at the west end of the popular 15-hectare (37-acre) athletic park, which features multiple grass and synthetic turf fields, ball diamonds, tennis courts and other amenities.
Proposed enhancements include:
- A state-of-the-art synthetic turf field built to international competition (FIFA) standards,
- A two-storey, 1,157-square-metre (about 12,500-square-foot) building which would primarily be B.C. Soccer’s new headquarters and would include PoCo Soccer office, storage, meetings space, public washrooms and other amenities,
- A multi-use public plaza for community gathering and events,
- A road along the south side of the park from Reeve Street, leading to a parking lot with car and bus parking adjacent to the new hub
- Field lighting, bleachers and covered team benches,
- A synthetic turf soccer warmup area, and
- An enhanced central pedestrian boulevard extending to Reeve Street.
The project would require the replacement of the washroom facility at the west end of the park with the new building, and conversion of the grass field at the far west end of the park to synthetic turf. The Traboulay PoCo Trail would continue to encircle Gates Park and provide trail users with a view of activities in the new hub.
“This project would be a wonderful complement to the investments we’ve made to sport and recreation – like the Port Coquitlam Community Centre – and offer even more opportunities for local sports groups to play year-round and for community gathering and events,” said Cllr. Steve Darling, council’s designate for recreation matters. “It would also further cement Gates Park’s role as a premier focal point for all outdoor sport in Port Coquitlam. We’re looking forward to the many and incredible benefits this project could bring to our community.”
The proposed agreement would provide Port Coquitlam guaranteed use of the new turf field about 80 per cent of the time across the year, for use by local soccer groups. The remainder would be dedicated to B.C. Soccer to support programming, education offerings, events and tournament activity.
“We’re thrilled about the prospect of working with Port Coquitlam to relocate our head office to a dedicated soccer specific home for the association at Gates Park, ,” said Jason Elligott, Executive Director for B.C. Soccer. “Aside from the many benefits for the community, we see this as a big step forward for not only the association but the soccer community in B.C.”
The total project cost is estimated at $11.4 million. The City’s financial contribution will be capped at $2.5 million (from accumulated surplus funds) with B.C. Soccer able to match the amount based on membership support and PoCo Soccer contributing $500,000.
In order for the project to proceed, additional financial support will be required to cover the remaining $6 million. The City and B.C. Soccer have actively begun to apply for grant funding, and construction timing will ultimately depend on when funding is secured.
Future additions could include synthetic turf conversion of the natural grass field located along the park’s south border and just east of the proposed soccer hub.
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Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam