Last month Council approved a phased plan for expanding and improving our beloved Coquitlam Crunch.
In Phase I, the Crunch trail improvements will include the addition of washroom facilities, a pedestrian-activated road crossing, a paved parking lot, the reconfiguration and expansion of the community garden, new transverse trails, viewing and seating areas, outdoor exercise equipment and more.
In Phases 2 & 3, the proposals include further improvements and possibly an extension from Dewdney Truck up to Mariner Way.
I was pleased to support the Phase 1 improvements and look forward to making decisions on priorities and budget considerations on what’s ahead. The Coquitlam Crunch is a HUGELY popular amenity in our city – up to 52,000 visits per month!
We consistently hear – through surveys and polls etc. – that one of the main reasons people love Coquitlam or choose to live in Coquitlam, is because of its green spaces and recreational opportunities. Expanding and improving this fantastic community asset makes sense.
When the City conducted a survey asking for input and feedback about the Crunch, it ended up being the most responded to survey in our city’s history. This demonstrates the strong public appeal – and the broad appeal. Citizens and groups of all ages enjoy time spent on the Crunch!
On the day this report came to Council, a report was released in the BC media that 41% of BCers are $200 or less away from not being able to pay their bills. This tells me we need to continue providing free and low-cost opportunities for people to recreate. An active community is less socially isolated, healthier and as indicated by the survey results, engaged in their community. 🙂
Stay tuned for what’s ahead and if you ever want to do the Coquitlam Crunch, give me a call. I will gladly join you!