The City is planning a new community centre on Burke Mountain that will meet the needs of current and future residents of this growing Northeast Coquitlam community – as well as residents across the community – with amenities including pools, gymnasiums and a fitness centre. See below for the proposed building program and public engagement information. View the site plan.
Targeted to open in 2027 in the future Burke Mountain Village, the proposed 7,430-square-metre (80,000-square-foot) Northeast Community Centre (NECC) will include a range of services including aquatics, gymnasiums, fitness, library and community space sized to meet the anticipated demand for recreation and community centre services in the area.
Proposed Building Concept
The proposed building concept for the three-storey building includes:
An aquatics centre with separate leisure and lap pools, whirlpool and sauna;
Two gymnasiums for daytime preschool programs and court sports;
Fitness centre with weight room and studio;
Indoor and outdoor walking tracks;
Community space including multi-purpose rooms, community kitchen, a ‘makerspace’ (i.e. collaborative working, learning and exploring space) and large atrium;
Covered outdoor covered space for recreation and cultural programs;
About 340 parking stalls, half of which will be covered;
Public art; and
A new branch of the Coquitlam Public Library.
Adjacent to the NECC will be a park and public plaza.
Ice arenas are not currently included in the site, as the current demand for ice is satisfied with the existing supply.
The Burke Mountain neighbourhood in Northeast Coquitlam is expected to grow from its current population of 15,000 to about 50,000 in the next 25 years. Coquitlam’s Parks Recreation and Culture Master Plan identified the future need for a comprehensive multi-use community centre in the Burke Mountain Village neighbourhood area.
Public consultation, strategic planning, best practices and other research have helped shape the vision for the NECC as an inclusive and accessible facility that will showcase the natural mountainside setting.
In total, the City heard from more than 1,000 people during public engagement in 2019 to 2020, including 13 community groups and three interpreted sessions in Mandarin, Korean and Farsi. Ongoing staff engagement is also taking place with the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation.
A second round of public engagement took place in late 2019 and early 2020 seeking feedback on the proposed site-fit (a facility’s layout on the property) and program. Here's What We Heard in Phase 2.
Staff will further analyze how this feedback can be incorporated into the final community centre design, along with feasibility and cost implications. Watch the engagement project page for more info.