Robinson Memorial Park Cemetery is a 3.4 hectare (8.5 acre) site in Southwest Coquitlam owned and operated by the City. The need to develop a Cemetery Services Plan was identified in the Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Master Plan. In 2019, Coquitlam Council approved the 2019-2039 Cemetery Services Plan, a comprehensive 20 year plan for cemeteries that builds on existing cemetery assets to meet the internment needs of residents of Coquitlam.
As part of the Cemetery Services Plan, future upgrades are planned for Robinson Memorial Park Cemetery to be divided into various phases. Phase 1A will begin in 2020, Phase 1B in 2021, Phase 2 in 2023 and Phase 3 in 2030.
The Phase 1A upgrades in the south end of the cemetery will begin in fall 2020 and include decommissioning an internal road and implementing traditional burial plots, plots for cremated remains, and a new scattering garden. Phase 1A will be complete this winter.
The Phase 1B upgrades at the north end of the cemetery will begin in early 2021 and will include converting the forested area to green burial plots, traditional full burial plots, family cremation estates, and an extended pedestrian trail network. The north end of the site will also extend the existing cemetery road to create a secondary exit to Robinson Street. Phase 1B will complete in summer 2021.
A graphic representation of the Phase 1B expansion is included in the 2019-2039 Cemetery Services Plan.
To maintain privacy within the cemetery, as well as a natural aesthetic view to neighbouring residents, a vegetation buffer will be maintained and enhanced where possible along the north and west edge of the cemetery.
A tree risk and windfirm assessment has identified healthy, windfirm trees along these edges. The intent is to retain all of the healthy and safe trees around the perimeter while also implementing a continuous hedge of Portuguese Laurel to match the existing Cemetery hedge along the southern extent of the western property line. The hedge will run the length of Foster Avenue adjacent to the Cemetery and the north end of Robinson Street to complete the continuous evergreen hedge, providing a continuous privacy screen from both inside and outside of the Cemetery.