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.

  

  

City Of Coquitlam Wants Your Viewpoint

Want more of a say about what’s happening in your community? Coquitlam residents are invited to join the City of Coquitlam’s new Viewpoint online survey community.

Through Viewpoint, Coquitlam residents can anonymously provide their opinion on issues, plans and services.  Any web-enabled computer or device can use the survey software by going to www.coquitlam.ca/viewpoint.  For residents, Viewpoint is a great way to stay informed about their city, make sure their voice is heard on matters they care about.

Any Coquitlam resident age 16 and up can sign up. All answers are confidential.  Through Viewpoint you can;

  • Anonymously provide your opinion on City issues, plans and services
  • Participate in, on average, up to two online surveys a month
  • Choose to respond to all topics or just those that interest you
  • Stay informed about the City.
  • Make sure your voice is heard on matters you care about.
  • Engage with the City at a time and location that suits you.

Learn More About Viewpoint

Family Day Activities in Coquitlam

Celebrate Family Day with the City of Coquitlamon February 13!

Family FUN Day

Bring out the family and help us celebrate Family Day! Entertainment, games and a variety of activities to be enjoyed by the whole family. Get ready to be active and have some fun! All ages welcome. There is no cost to this activity. Register Now!

Family Day Skate

Celebrate Family Day with a fun skate! Family admission rates and regular rental rates apply.

Family Day Swim

Celebrate this holiday with your family by coming down to the pool for some fun and games. $2

For more activities, visit the City of Coquitlam’s Featured Programs page.

Coquitlam Planning Riley Park

The City of Coquitlam has begun the process of planning Riley Park on Burke Mountain. Riley Park is a new, undeveloped 3.5 acre neighbourhood park at the corner of Burke Village Promenade and Riley Street. The proposed amenities for Riley Park will take into consideration the topography and views and potentially include a climbing play structure; embankment play elements; pathways through the park; a passive green space for picnicking; and a wooden deck seating area.

City staff have also started thinking about the plans for Sheffield Park to ensure both parks are planned with amenities to complement each other and provide a wide range of services to the community. Planning for Sheffield Park will continue when the plans for Riley Park have been completed in late 2017.

A date for public consultation regarding the plans for Riley Park will be set sometime this Spring – stay tuned for an update! Feedback will be incorporated into the final design, and the City will work towards having Riley Park open in early 2019.

Learn more about all of the City of Coquitlam’s park projects here.