New School Coming to Burke Mountain

We are excited to share the Province’s funding announcement for a new elementary school on Burke Mountain.

With $47.3 million from the province, and an additional $5 million from the Coquitlam School District, the new Sheffield Elementary School is expected to be complete in 2021, creating 430 student spaces for the families of Burke Mountain.

The new Sheffield Elementary School site is located on Sheffield Street, east of Highland Drive and south of Strawline Hill Street and Shay Street. Currently, our Foothills Information Kiosk sits at the top of the site.

For more information, see the Province’s official announcement here: New school, classrooms coming for Coquitlam families

19th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

Join Wesbild at the 19th Annual Hyde Creek Annual Salmon Festival!

The Chum and Coho Salmon are returning to their spawning grounds at Hyde Creek. Come out to this Free Family Event.

WHEN – Sunday, November 18th 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
WHERE – Hyde Creek Recreation Centre (1379 Laurier Avenue, Port Coquitlam

Wesbild will have our cookie decorating activity where you can deck out gingerbread cookies with all of the fixings.  Once again, we have partnered with Gabi & Jules to order our cookies!  Gabi & Jules is a great local business who have a mission to passionately create exceptional pies and baked goodness in a collaborative environment inclusive of individuals of all abilities.  They also give a portion of their proceeds to local autism related charities: Medicare for Autism Now! & the Autism Support Network.

Come on out and make a Gabi & Jules cookie with us.  Then enjoy other Salmon Festival Activities including:

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada displaying live salmon (up close!)
  • Orphaned Wildlife Society (OWL) exhibiting a live Golden Eagle
  • The Cutie Circle, a ukulele group, will perform and provide music lessons in the classroom at the Hatchery
  • Salmon dissections and microscope investigations
  • Home Depot build project, Search & Rescue and the David Suzuki Foundation on display
  • Theatrix Kids Zone interactive play in the Rec Centre Program room
  • Ta Daa Lady with highly interactive songs and stories. 4 children’s shows
  • Face painting, cookie decorating with Wesbild and crafts for the young-at-heart
  • Looking for local flora and fauna on a guided nature walk
  • Visit an operating salmon hatchery
  • Ride your Bike – Free and secured Bicycle parking at the Rec Centre
  • 36 Environmentally motivated Exhibitors
  • Food Truck Vendors with amazing lunch items
  • Christmas Shopping – Vendors with environmentally themed hand-made treasures for sale. Cash only

Learn More about this great family event here

Wesbild Nominated for a 2018 Business Excellence Award

Wesbild – the people behind The Foothills at Burke Mountain – is excited and honoured to be nominated by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce for their 2018 Business Excellence Awards in the category of Community Spirit.

Wesbild takes our responsibilities as a corporate citizen very seriously and we have since we began in 1981. We believe being a good corporate citizen means giving back, which is why Wesbild continues to give back to the wider community.

We are proud of our work in the Tri-Cities community including our ongoing relationship with Share Family and Community Services, the Wesbild LIFT Scholarship program supporting SD43 students to take post-secondary education and many other local initiatives. Our goal is to truly find a way to help individuals have better lives.

Thank you again for the nomination. Looking forward to seeing all of the nominees at the Nominees’ Lunch on November 6!

Smiling Creek Elementary Officially Open!

Last night, Wesbild was excited to join our neighbours at the official Grand Opening of Smiling Creek Elementary School on Burke Mountain in Coquitlam.

The first of five new schools planned for the community, Smiling Creek Elementary is a seven-acre joint school-park site in partnership with the City of Coquitlam.

Wesbild has been instrumental in expediting the new school process on Burke Mountain, and we are proud to have committed $5 million to fund a synthetic field at the future Middle School and High School site, and have donated 6 acres of land to the School District for the future Elementary School site (Marigold) on the far east side of future development.

Wesbild remains committed to working with the School District, City and Province to ensure that new schools remain a top priority for the Burke Mountain area.

New Programming Options at Smiling Creek Activity Centre

Smiling Creek Elementary School is not only open for the 2018/2019 school year, but the Smiling Creek Activity Centre (located within the school) has many recreation programs available through the City of Coquitlam!

The activity centre will provide recreation programming during the evenings and weekends in the school’s gymnasium, multi-purpose room, sport courts, playgrounds and other facilities.

See a full list of available programs in the City of Coquitlam’s special edition Smiling Creek Guide.

Registration for programs at Smiling Creek starts Sept. 5, 2018 at 12AM for online registration, and 8:30AM for phone and in person registration.

There is also a free Family Nights on Burke program – through the City of Coquitlam and the Coquitlam Public Library – that offers crafts, games and active play in the gym, and a bedtime story.

 Thursdays, Oct. 11 – Dec. 13
6 – 8PM
FREE

The Foothills at Burke Mountain on Instagram

The Foothills is now on Instagram!

Follow along at @foothillsburke.

We’re sharing beautiful photos 📷 of our neighbourhood, our builders, and our show homes – as well as a few fun #throwbackthursday posts to remind us where we came from.

We’re posting Instastories from our parks, trails, and community events.

And we’re reminding ourselves weekly how lucky we are to live in such a gorgeous place ❤️.

@FoothillsBurke on Instagram

Rain Barrel Program

Gardening season is back, and the Burke Mountain community has a green initiative that makes gardening easier for you and the environment! Every single-family home at The Foothills at Burke Mountain was built with a rain barrel – a clever device for water conservation.

How do they work?

Rain barrels are used to collect rain water, providing an easy way to conserve water. They come equipped with a filtration system to ensure your water is clean, giving you a great supply for all your landscaping and gardening needs. Not only does this help conserve water, but also using this water for your gardens and allowing it to be fed into the ground rather than a storm pipe helps to maintain base flows in nearby creeks.

With the hot summer months in full swing, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of your rain barrel! Use the rain barrel to water your flower pots and garden beds, and feel good about water conservation.

Water Quality Ponds at Burke Mountain

Water quality treatment is an important priority for the Burke Mountain community. That’s why you’ll see multiple Water Quality Ponds throughout the neighbourhood to help ensure that no run-off water enters receiving creeks and rivers without being thoroughly treated. These ponds prevent coarse silt and other contaminants from entering environmentally sensitive streams.

Water Quality Ponds help to naturally remove sediment, nitrates, phosphates, and metals from the water. One of the ways in which they do this is with carefully selected plants in and around the pond. Specifically, plants that are fast growing, have high metabolic rates and vast roots are beneficial. These plants act as a natural filter, allowing nearby fish-bearing creeks to have optimal water. Another benefit of water quality ponds is that they help to maintain the base flows of waterways throughout the Burke Mountain community.

These Water Quality Ponds are one of the many ways we ensure water is treated properly at Burke Mountain. Keep an eye out for these ponds around Fifeshire Street, at the west end of Highland Drive, and at the back of Marguerite Park!

 

 

New Little Free Libraries

This week, Wesbild revamped Burke Mountain’s two Little Free Libraries with a new larger design and refreshed book supply! Burke Mountain has been home to the two libraries since 2015, with one located in Millard Orchard Park, and the other in Galloway Park.

With the new book supply, whether you’re looking for a thriller, a romantic novel, or even a children’s book, the libraries will have what you’re looking for. And the best part of all, its free! Just be sure to “Take a Book, Leave a Book”, as your contributions are much appreciated!

If you have any questions or concerns about the libraries, please contact Laura Broomfield at 604.484.3898.

Burke Mountain Pioneer Park – Now Open!

Wesbild is excited to announce that Burke Mountain Pioneer Park is now officially open! This park was built through a partnership between the City of Coquitlam and Wesbild.

The newest park in the neighbourhood, Burke Mountain Pioneer Park features an art play climbing element (the horse statue), grass sports field, full-sized sport court, table games, a community garden and open lawn area for picnics and relaxing. The Park also features over 25 shade trees that will grow with the park, and connections to the existing trail system across Burke Mountain.

Burke Mountain Pioneer Park was developed on the property originally owned by the Hoigaard family, and was commonly referred to as “Burke Mountain Ranch”.

Burke Mountain Pioneer Park is located at 1428 Collins Road, Coquitlam.