Coquitlam’s Streetscape Enhancement Program is enlivening streetscapes and public spaces across the community in 2023 and 2024 with public art, feature lighting, street furniture and other new amenities.
The improvements are targeting neighbourhoods not undergoing redevelopment, along with key business areas and City gateways.
The City is working with local businesses to select and coordinate the projects, which are funded by $400,000 from the Land Sale Reserve Fund as well $1000,000 from a recent Destination Development tourism grant. Staff are also exploring Corporate Partnership opportunities for the program to expand the impact.
Enlivening Coquitlam’s Streetscapes
The enhancements delivered through the program encourage community connection and pride, promote outdoor living, support tourism and economic development, and improve safety.
New street furniture, architectural features and public art attract people to outdoor spaces and business areas, while feature lighting helps make streets and public spaces more vibrant, walkable and safe at all hours of the day.
The City is working with local businesses to select and coordinate the projects, which are funded through the Land Sale Reserve Fund and a portion of a recent Destination Development tourism grant.
A vibrant Alice in Wonderland-inspired scene was painted in July on the Place des Arts Renaissance building by a team of youth led by an experienced mural artist to support the Summer Theatre Troupe’s outdoor performance of Through the Looking Glass.
An Indigenous-themed mural on part of the front and side of Town Centre Park Community Centre (formerly the Innovation Centre), designed by a multi-generational the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation team led by Sweewa (Joseph Kambeitz) an esteemed kʷikʷəƛ̓əm elder who is an experienced artist. The design concept will be completed in fall and the mural painted before the centre’s renovations are completed in 2024.
Following a public call for artists, three other murals will be painted in City Centre and Maillardville.
Year-round feature lighting on boulevard and median trees along Brunette Avenue is scheduled to be installed starting Aug 6, and was designed to align with the seasonal lights at Mackin Park.
Tree lighting concepts are being developed for City Centre with input from area residents and businesses. The feature lights will be installed this fall and illuminated during the darker winter months from mid-November to mid-February.
•Illuminated sign letters spelling out Coquitlam will be installed on Lougheed in mid-August to greet visitors to the busy commercial area in west Coquitlam, which is also one of the City’s gateways.
•Maillardville’s historic clock tower, gateway arch and plaza are also getting a refresh. The tower will be getting a new roof and lighting in October, and updates to the arch and plaza are expected to take place in late 2023, subject to available resources.