COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 2, 2017 – One of Coquitlam’s most popular trails – the Coquitlam Crunch – could soon see improvements and expansion based on recent public feedback.
The Coquitlam Crunch is a 2.2 km (794 foot) trail with 242 metres (794 feet) in elevation gain. During busy summer months, the trail sees as many as 52,000 visits per month and “doing the Crunch” has become synonymous with Coquitlam. The trail attracts locals as well as users throughout the region. The most popular portion of the trail is the steepest, where more than 400 stairs connect lower Lansdowne Drive to upper Lansdowne Drive.
In spring 2017, the City conducted surveys to gain feedback from Crunch users. The response was unprecedented and more than 1,700 respondents provided feedback that revealed top desired improvements including: washrooms, site furnishings and support features such as benches and drinking water fountains, and trail improvements to address loose or slippery trail surfacing and stair sections.
City staff have developed preliminary plans to prioritize improvements with implementation being spread over four phases in a five-year plan with an anticipated budget of $7 million for phases one to three. Detailed plans and budget will be provided as part of each future phase.
In addition, the Crunch is currently benefiting from improvements due to a new watermain being constructed along the trail route. In order to maintain accessibility for users, a new, permanent second set of stairs has been constructed and is expected to be open in Oct. 2017.
Improving and enhancing the trail will take the Crunch to another level, offering a more broad recreation experience to residents, as well as becoming a regional destination amenity supporting tourism and economic development.
Next steps in this process include developing a final Coquitlam Crunch Expansion Plan for Council consideration later in 2017. With Council support, phase one of the expansion could take place in 2018.
For more information, visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkprojects.