City to Celebrate the Coquitlam Crunch on July 24

The City of Coquitlam is inviting Crunchers to pop by during your lunch break on Tuesday, July 24 as they celebrate the completion of the new stairs on the Coquitlam Crunch trail.

Now featuring two sets of stairs – and a total of over 890 steps – the Coquitlam Crunch provides a great, free recreational fitness circuit for those who like to challenge themselves with stair repeats.

About the Celebration

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Time: 12 – 1 p.m. with Opening Ceremony at 12:15 p.m.
Location: Coquitlam Crunch, Lansdowne Drive
Cost: FREE
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From Guildford Way, head north on Lansdowne Drive and park along the street just past Scott Creek Middle School. Parking is also available in the gravel parking lot just south of Lansdowne. Make your way up the new stairs to join us for the opening celebration at 12:15 p.m.

Event participants will be offered a refreshing frozen treat (while quantities last). Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

The Construction Project and Future Improvements to the Coquitlam Crunch

In the summer of 2017, the City undertook the construction of a new watermain on Westwood Plateau in order to better serve the Coquitlam residents in that area.

Because the watermain ran the length of the Coquitlam Crunch trail – and there was demand for more capacity on the trail – the City undertook the construction of a new, permanent second set of stairs. The second set of stairs allowed users to continue to ‘Crunch’ throughout the construction project.

The new stairway on the east side of the Coquitlam Crunch features a generous 3-metre (10 foot) width to accommodate two-way traffic and larger groups.

In January 2018, City Council supported further upgrades to the Coquitlam Crunch and approved, in principle, a multi-year plan that provides a vision for significant improvements along the route, including the addition of several new washroom facilities, new paved parking lots, viewing areas, outdoor exercise equipment, safer pedestrian street crossings, signage, and other trail amenities. The detail designs and budget approval for Phase 1 of the multi-year improvement plan are anticipated to go to Council later in 2018.

To find out more, visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkplanning.

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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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