Coquitlam Approves Crunch Enhancement Plan

City of COQUITLAM press release, Jan. 16, 2018 – The City of Coquitlam has approved a multi-year plan involving further expansion and enhancements to the Coquitlam Crunch trail system.

City Council has approved in principle a plan that provides a vision for significant improvements along the route, including the addition of several new washroom facilities, new paved parking lots, twinned trail sections, viewing areas, safe pedestrian street crossings, signage, and other trail amenities.

The trail expansion plan is divided into four phases, each of which will be brought to Council individually for design and funding approval. The detail designs and budget approval for Phase 1 is anticipated to come to Council later in 2018. The first three phases of the trail expansion are projected to cost $7 million, subject to Council review and approval.

The Crunch – one of Coquitlam’s most-loved recreational trails – is a 2.2-km route with over 240 metres in elevation gain. During busy summer months, it sees as many as 52,000 visits per month.

The City will now proceed with detail design plans for Phase 1 of the project, estimated at $2.5 million. This phase proposes creating new trail sections and viewing areas, adding outdoor exercise equipment, a pedestrian-activated crossing at Guildford Way, a new washroom facility at Lansdowne Drive, paved parking off Lansdowne, and reconfiguring the community garden.

In the meantime, a new stairway featuring more than 400 steps has opened to the public, offering visitors more variety and room to move.

Crunch trail users will be redirected to the new set of stairs as the existing set is temporarily closed due to construction on the new Westwood Plateau pump station and water main in the area. This extension ensures that visitors will be able to continue enjoying the trail without disruption.

The twin set of stairs runs parallel to the existing stretch of 437 steps, connecting near both the lower and upper levels of Lansdowne Drive. When the water main work is complete and both sets of stairs are open, this will create a recreational fitness circuit for those who like to challenge themselves with stair repeats.

The new stairway also features a generous 10-foot (3-metre) width to accommodate two-way traffic and larger groups. Further enhancements to this section will continue in the coming weeks, with a formal opening planned for spring.

Trail enhancements are based on feedback from the community including a survey conducted last spring that involved more than 1,700 respondents. Detailed design plans and budget will be provided as part of each phase prior to construction. Phase 1 construction is expected to begin in late 2018 or early 2019.

For more information on the trail, visit www.coquitlam.ca/crunch.

View a video about the Coquitlam Crunch: https://youtu.be/TkCPsYqBOzI

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