The Lansdowne Drive parking lot at the Crunch will be closed near the end of June as it undergoes construction over the summer.
During construction, visitors to the Crunch are asked to consider other forms of transit to the trail, and to use alternate parking lots at Runnel Drive or partway up the trail at the Bramble Park courts on Panorama Drive.
Additionally, FortisBC will also be conducting maintenance on the pipeline running along the trail and there will be a trail detour for a period of up to four weeks beginning July 26. Traffic control personnel will be on site directing pedestrian traffic where needed.
Both projects require warmer and drier summer weather to complete the work, and therefore the City has been working with FortisBC to reduce the impacts to trail users and neighbours as much as possible.
The upcoming improvements to the parking lot are part of an ongoing phased plan to expand the popular Coquitlam trail’s capacity.
The Lansdowne Drive gravel access road and parking lot will be paved and expanded to 60 parking stalls, reducing on-street parking demand.
A digital sign will provide real-time available stall counts to help reduce idling and in-and-out traffic.
A new paved pathway will be constructed on the west side of the access road, and new gravel trails will connect the parking lot to the existing Crunch trails.
New trail improvements will provide paved connections closer to the recently constructed crosswalk at Guildford Way.
Proposed Coquitlam Crunch South Extension
The first proposed extension to the original Coquitlam Crunch Trail is the Coquitlam Crunch South Extension, running south of the Barnet Highway from Dewdney Trunk up the slope to Mariner Way and connecting to Mundy Park.
The proposed Coquitlam Crunch South Extension will expand the trail to the southeast Coquitlam area, providing additional capacity for residents to enjoy the outdoor recreation amenity throughout the city.
Conceptual design and feasibility studies are underway for the South Extension, to be presented to Council and the public in early fall 2021.
Parking lot expansion and paving at the lot south of Landsdowne Drive is expected to be completed in summer 2021.
A long-time destination for fitness enthusiasts, the existing Crunch trail typically sees as many as 52,000 people each month during peak season. However, increased use during the pandemic has created parking and road safety issues.
The City has been working with neighbours of the existing Crunch trail and have implemented several measures in response. Plans for viewing decks and exercise equipment areas have been deferred until after the extension trail is operational.
In the fall of 2020, the City completed a pedestrian crossing on Guildford Way to encourage use of the Runnel Drive parking lot at the foot of the existing trail. New signage promoting road safety and directing visitors to the lower parking lot is also being installed, and will include an electronic sign at the Lansdowne parking lot indicating real-time parking space capacity.