The City of Coquitlam recognizes that Burke Mountain residents, and the community-at-large, have a strong interest in the many different projects and initiatives underway and planned for northeast Coquitlam. This includes:
Some of these projects, such as the Village and major road construction are the responsibility of the City of Coquitlam. Other initiatives, such as school planning and transit service are led by other agencies such as the Province of BC, School District 43 or TransLink.
This page is provided as a central resource for these various projects and initiatives. Where the City is not the lead agency, we have linked to the relevant website for further information.
The future Burke Mountain Village will be at the centre of everything that makes the Burke Mountain community such a unique and rewarding place to live. The Village will be the will be the commercial and social hub of this growing community, and will include the brand new Northeast Recreation Centre, a bustling public plaza, 120,000 square feet of commercial including a grocery store, and a 3.6-acre park connected to the "green spine" park corridor. This 15.8-hectare (39-acre) site is located east of Burke Mountain Creek and surrounded by David Avenue and Burke Village Promenade.
In July 2017, the development took its first significant step forward with changes to the Official Community Plan (OCP), and approvals of policies and guidelines for the development of the Burke Mountain Village site.
For information and updates on this project, visit the Burke Mountain Village page.
Visit the Road and Utility Improvements Projects page for more information on these and other Capital Projects in Coquitlam.
In 2016 the City conducted a Tree Risk Assessment on Burke Mountain which recommended the removal of approximately 600 hazard trees as well as modification of another 300 trees. Due to weather related delays in winter 2016, the work extended into 2017 and is now complete
As part of the final phase of this project, the City is currently planting around 1,000 trees in Northeast Coquitlam. This will ensure the forests regenerate and become stable and healthy forest stands over the long term. The replanting plan calls for trees to be spread over all of the sites with the work being completed in December 2017.
To find out more about the Assessment, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Tree Risk Assessment page or call Parks Services at 604-927-6300.
If you are concerned about a tree on public property, such as on parkland or on a boulevard, please call the City’s Parks Customer Service line at 604-927-6300 (Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm).
If you are concerned about a tree on private property, such as your property or your neighbours’, please visit the City’s Tree Management page for additional information.
Smiling Creek Park opened on October 2, 2018 and is a 3.43 acre park that forms part of the Smiling Creek Elementary School joint-use site. The site also includes the Smiling Creek Activity Centre, which provides recreation programming during the evenings and weekends in the:
In addition to the full-sized irrigated, sand based sports field, the park also includes pathways, grass areas, benches, terraced seat walls and a plaza with electrical receptacles to support small tournaments and events.
Construction of the 4.4-hectare (10.8-acre) Harper Park expansion, located off Harper Road in Burke Mountain’s Smiling Creek neighbourhood, is scheduled to begin in early spring 2019 and be completed by late fall 2019.
Funded and constructed by housing developer Wesbild, the expansion will bring one large passive park to the area rather than the two smaller parks previously planned for the area.
The project will retain much of the existing forest while adding features that allow for the passive enjoyment of the space, including:
Interpretive signs and other elements throughout the site will recognize Burke Mountain’s logging history, glacial influences and forest features.
Access will be provided from trailheads at Highland Drive to the south, and along the Harper Road multi-use pathway to the north and northeast.
Riley Park will be a new 3.5 acre park on Burke Mountain in the Smiling Creek neighbourhood at the corner of Burke Village Promenade and Riley Street. Park construction is underway and is expected to be complete by September 2019.
Park features will include:
Originally owned by the Hoigaard family, and known locally as the "The Ranch" in the Upper Hyde Creek neighbourhood, Burke Mountain Pioneer was officially opened on May 26th, 2018. Park development costs were equally shared between the City and Wesbild Holdings, with the majority of the City’s contribution provided through development Cost Charges.
Located at 1428 Collins Road The 4.4 acre park and its elements includes activities for all ages and abilities. Features include a natural grass sports field, open lawn for picnicking and informal play, a full sized multi-sport court, a social plaza including games tables and a custom play element, a community garden and dozens of new shade trees to grow with the park. New frontage work also resulted in 47 new parking stalls as well as connections to new and existing trails.
Princeton Park is a 0.7 acre neighbourhood park (referenced on Park finder Page) in the Upper Hyde Creek neighbourhood. Princeton Park was officially opened on June 20, 2017.
Designed for all members of the family, play elements and amenities are based on an outdoor nature theme and include plantings that provide varied seasonal interest, play areas for children and youth of all ages and abilities, a social area with built in seating surrounding the playground, informal grass areas for picnicking and accessible walkways throughout.
Victoria Park, located at 3435 Victoria Drive, was renovated to complement the design and features of the nearby Leigh Park. The improvements, which officially opened on June 13, 2017, included a fenced grass field, multi-use sport court, skate spot, enhanced playground, benches and picnic tables.
Leigh Park, located at 1254 Soball Street, celebrated its official opening on June 15, 2016. Leigh Park is a passive neighbourhood park that compliments Victoria Park which is designed to be an active neighbourhood park.
The park design (PDF) includes a picnic area with open lawn spaces, an off-road cycling skills course, a designated dog off-leash area for both large and small dogs, and walking trails.
and development is a key part of building a livable community, and the sale of City-owned lands is integral to helping the City secure its vision for Burke Mountain and the prime properties surrounding the future Burke Mountain Village. Burke Mountain is central to helping the City fulfill its obligation to the Regional Growth Strategy adopted by all Metro Vancouver cities. City is committed to the long-term plan for the area and is actively developing its roadways, parks and services.
The City currently owns a number of land parcels on Burke Mountain and is the primary land owner and developer for Burke Mountain Village. In its capacity as the land owner, through the Land Management section of the Strategic Initiatives Department, the City has a responsibility to ensure that these property assets are developed in a manner that contributes to the community in a positive way. This includes providing Community Amenity Contributions, which are funds that go toward City amenities and assets, to lessen the financial impact of new development on the growing community.
This approach not only allows the City greater control over the development, but provides a source of revenue that will benefit Coquitlam’s current and future generations.
The City’s properties are managed by the Land Development section of the City’s Strategic Initiatives department. For more information on the City’s land development, contact the Manager of Land Development via email or 604-927-6965.
Those interested in neighbourhood updates and the ongoing development of northeast Coquitlam are invited to sign up for Burke Mountain Email Updates or follow the City’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter for news and information.