City Of Coquitlam Wants Your Viewpoint

Want more of a say about what’s happening in your community? Coquitlam residents are invited to join the City of Coquitlam’s new Viewpoint online survey community.

Through Viewpoint, Coquitlam residents can anonymously provide their opinion on issues, plans and services.  Any web-enabled computer or device can use the survey software by going to www.coquitlam.ca/viewpoint.  For residents, Viewpoint is a great way to stay informed about their city, make sure their voice is heard on matters they care about.

Any Coquitlam resident age 16 and up can sign up. All answers are confidential.  Through Viewpoint you can;

  • Anonymously provide your opinion on City issues, plans and services
  • Participate in, on average, up to two online surveys a month
  • Choose to respond to all topics or just those that interest you
  • Stay informed about the City.
  • Make sure your voice is heard on matters you care about.
  • Engage with the City at a time and location that suits you.

Learn More About Viewpoint

Family Day Activities in Coquitlam

Celebrate Family Day with the City of Coquitlamon February 13!

Family FUN Day

Bring out the family and help us celebrate Family Day! Entertainment, games and a variety of activities to be enjoyed by the whole family. Get ready to be active and have some fun! All ages welcome. There is no cost to this activity. Register Now!

Family Day Skate

Celebrate Family Day with a fun skate! Family admission rates and regular rental rates apply.

Family Day Swim

Celebrate this holiday with your family by coming down to the pool for some fun and games. $2

For more activities, visit the City of Coquitlam’s Featured Programs page.

Coquitlam Planning Riley Park

The City of Coquitlam has begun the process of planning Riley Park on Burke Mountain. Riley Park is a new, undeveloped 3.5 acre neighbourhood park at the corner of Burke Village Promenade and Riley Street. The proposed amenities for Riley Park will take into consideration the topography and views and potentially include a climbing play structure; embankment play elements; pathways through the park; a passive green space for picnicking; and a wooden deck seating area.

City staff have also started thinking about the plans for Sheffield Park to ensure both parks are planned with amenities to complement each other and provide a wide range of services to the community. Planning for Sheffield Park will continue when the plans for Riley Park have been completed in late 2017.

A date for public consultation regarding the plans for Riley Park will be set sometime this Spring – stay tuned for an update! Feedback will be incorporated into the final design, and the City will work towards having Riley Park open in early 2019.

Learn more about all of the City of Coquitlam’s park projects here. 

SHARE Society’s Imagine Gala 2017

Wesbild is proud to once again be the presenting sponsor of SHARE Family & Community Service’s Imagine Gala: Through The Looking Glass.

On Saturday, March 4, join us for a fun night of food, entertainment, live and silent auctions, and more!

Tickets are available here.

Learn more at sharesociety.ca.

SHARE Imagine Gala Through The Looking Glass

Winter Programming at Victoria Community Hall

There are some programs happening at Victoria Community Hall this winter, starting this weekend. Registration is required for some, but there are still spots available!

 Parent & Tot: Movement & Music

Join your little one for some musical games, singing, instrument playing, and creative movement while meeting other parents and tots in your neighbourhood.  2 – 4 years | Register Now!

Date: Sat, Jan. 14 – Feb. 4 or Feb. 11 – March 4
Time: 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.

 Little Healthy Bakers

Your preschooler will try new delicious healthy choices and learn how to incorporate them into baking. This class is for kids only! 3 – 5 years | Register Now!

Date: Sat, Jan. 14 – Feb. 4 or Feb. 11 – March 11
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

 Creative Playtime Drop-In

Spend time bonding with your child and other parents while engaging in arts, crafts, games, and music. Gather at the end for a game, song, or story.  1 – 5 years | Fee: $2.00

Date: Sat, Jan. 14 – March 11
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 Adult Pickleball Drop-In

Pickleball is a combination of ping-pong, tennis and badminton. This popular game is played by 2 or 4 people on a badminton-sized court. Limited space available each session. Regular admission rates apply.

Dates: Tue or Thu, Jan. 17 – March 30
Time: 9 – 11  a.m.

BC Assessment at January’s NECRA Meeting

A team from BC Assessment will be attending the Northeast Coquitlam Ratepayer’s Association meeting this month.

All residents of Burke Mountain are invited to attend, ask questions, and hear from the BC Assessment Team. Please bring a non-perishable food item for SHARE’s food bank – this is an annual collection the NECRA does every January to help support the food bank through the winter.

WHEN Thursday, January 19 | 7:00pm

WHERE Victoria Hall | 3435 Victoria Drive

For more information, call 604.941.2260 or 604.942.9725.

The Northeast Coquitlam Ratepayer’s Association is a local, community based group that looks out for the interests of the populace of the Northeast Coquitlam and Burke Mountain areas. They meet the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm at Victoria Hall.

Lights at Lafarge until January 22

If you missed the Christmas Light displays over the holidays, you have until January 22 to enjoy the spectacular light display at Lafarge Lake by the City of Coquitlam.

More than 100,000 twinkling lights will illuminate Lafarge Lake this holiday season in a magical outdoor display that’s sure to delight visitors of all ages. Coquitlam’s Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display is one of the largest free outdoor light events in the Lower Mainland, and this season’s spectacle will be even bigger and brighter than ever before.

The lights can be viewed seven days a week from dusk until 11pm.

Learn more here.

Welcome to Coquitlam

Join the City of Coquitlam at their annual Welcome to Coquitlam Open House to learn more about all that your city has to offer.

WHEN      Wednesday, October 12, 2016  |  2pm – 8:30pm (drop-in)
WHERE    Coquitlam City Hall  |  3000 Guildford Way

Come learn about the programs and services offered for residents by the City of Coquitlam and find out how to get involved in your community.Representatives from each City department will be on site to answer questions and share information on how to live and get involved in Coquitlam.

As part of the 125th Celebration year, the event has expanded to include community agencies offering essential services for new residents. As a result, you will see information from:

  • Avia Employment Services (WorkBC)
  • BC211
  • BC Hydro
  • Community Living BC
  • Community Volunteer Connections
  • Disability Alliance of BC
  • Douglas College
  • Empower Me
  • Fraser Health
  • Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)
  • School District No. 43
  • Translink
  • Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
  • Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership
  • SHARE Family & Community Services
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Attendees are encouraged to cycle, take transit, walk or carpool. Some parking is available at City Hall.

Click here for more information.

Second Burke Mountain Elementary School a Priority for the District

From the Tri-City News article “Funding sought for second Burke elementary in Coquitlam” by Diane Strandberg:

More young families moving to Burke Mountain has prompted School District 43 to seek funding for an additional elementary school before a new school currently under construction is even completed.

On Tuesday, the board of education approved a five-year capital plan requesting the province contribute $17.8 million towards the planned Sheffield (Partington Creek) elementary, which will hold about 400 students and be located in a newly developed area to the east of Smiling Creek elementary.

Board chair Judy Shirra said elementary schools are now a top priority for Burke Mountain, along with a replacement for Minnekhada middle school, which would also serve Grade 6 to 8 Burke Mountain students even though it’s down the hill in Port Coquitlam.

“For us, Minnekhada is priority,” Shirra told The Tri-City News. “The community deserves a new school. [Current students] are the ones that are here and now, those kids deserve to go to a building that’s safe.”

The Port Coquitlam trustee said replacing Minnekhada is an urgent need because the building is old and not earthquake-proof. And while the plan for new schools on Burke Mountain may not please parents, she said Minnekhada has a lot of capacity for additional students.

Her comments mirrored those made by Ivano Cecchini, the district’s principal of facility initiatives, who told trustees the province requires schools to be at 95% capacity before new schools are built.

If the district put a new northeast Coquitlam middle school ahead of other needs, “no schools would get built,” Cecchini said.

As to why the district appears to be playing catch-up with elementary schools for the area, the shortage of affordable housing and the needs of young families appear to play heavily into decision-making.

As an example, Leigh elementary, a catchment school for Burke Mountain students, enrolled 496 students this year, up 40 from last year.

Shirra said Burke Mountain was originally envisioned as an enclave of families with older children because of the cost of the newer homes. But as more families were priced out of other areas of Metro Vancouver and secondary suites were built to act as mortgage helpers, Burke Mountain became a haven for younger families.

Consequently, the district had to do an about-face, putting a 1,000-capacity Burke Mountain secondary lower on its priority list to focus on building elementary schools.
“That’s the changing demographic on Burke Mountain,” she said.

Read More on the Tri-City News

Winter Programs at Victoria Hall

WINTER PROGRAMS AT VICTORIA HALL

Did you know that City of Coquitlam offers an array of community programs at Victoria Hall on Burke Mountain? Take a look at some of their offerings below:

FIT 4 TWO MOM & BABY FITNESS (18YRS +) – This baby friendly class allows mom to get a great workout and still attend to baby’s needs. Each class provides a full body workout including cardio, muscular endurance, postnatal specific core work and flexibility. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other new moms in your community. Women should be 4+ weeks postpartum (6 weeks for caesareans). All fitness levels are welcome. Drop in option available if class is not full ($12.74). www.fit4two.ca

Tue Jan 12 – Feb 2 11:30am – 12:30pm $42.48
Tue Feb 9 – Mar 1 11:30am – 12:30pm $42.48

FIT 4 TWO MOM & BABY BOOTCAMPS (18YRS +) – Bring baby and get fit boot camp style! If you are looking for a high energy indoor workout, this class is for you. Includes a variety of drills that focus on strength, power, agility, balance, cardio and core. Women must be 8+ weeks postpartum and have been exercising regularly (cardio and strength training) for 6+ weeks. Drop-in option available if class is not full ($12.74).

Fri Jan 15 – Feb 5 9:45am – 10:45am $42.48
Fri Feb 12 – Mar 4 9:45am – 10:45am $42.48

CREATIVE PLAYTIME (0 – 5YRS) – Spend time bonding with your child and other parents while engaging in creative art, games, equipment and music. Gather at the end for a circle and story time.

Sat Jan 16 – Mar 5 10:00am – 11:30 am $2.00

PARENT & TOT: MUSIC & MOVEMENT (1 – 3YRS) – Join your little one for some musical games, singing, instrument playing, and creative movement.

Sat Jan 16 – Feb 6 9:00am – 9:45am $22.75
Sat Feb 13 – Mar 5 9:00am – 9:45am $18.20

TINY TYKES ADVENTURES – SPRING BREAK CAMP (3 – 5YRS) – This mini camp for preschoolers includes crafts, stories and active play.

Mon – Fri Mar 14 – Mar 18 9:30am – 11:30am $54.25
Mon – Thur Mar 21 – Mar 24 9:30am – 11:30am $43.40

BIRTHDAY PARTIES: CRAFT & GAMES (1 – 6YRS) – Celebrate with us! Your little ones will enjoy making creative take home crafts, art and engaging in active games. Best for kids 18 months – 6 years old.

DROP IN PROGRAMS

HATHA YOGA DROP-IN – Experience the power, peace and strength of yoga. Great for all fitness levels.

Mon/Wed Jan 11 – Mar 9 9:30am – 11:00am $6.00

LATIN MOVES INTERMEDIATE DROP-IN – Get into shape dancing to hot Latin beats in a fun dance workout alternative.

Thur Jan 14 – Mar 10 10:00am – 11:00am $6.00

To register for any programs please visit: coquitlam.ca/registration