Wesbild Donates One Million Dollars To Improved Nature Park

The City of Coquitlam announced today that outdoor enthusiasts are already enjoying the new and upgraded trails, amenities and park spaces at the expanded Harper Park on Burke Mountain, with improvements funded entirely through the nearby development.

Major changes at the nature park off Harper Road in the Smiling Creek neighbourhood have been under way since 2019, including a 4.4-hectare (10.8-acre) extension west of the 6.6-hectare (16.2-acre) park, and about $1.5 million in improvements by area developers, Wesbild and Infinity Properties, whose residential projects border the park.

While the work has approached completion over the last few months, hikers and walkers have been out exploring the new trails, bridges and other amenities as they have become available. The final touches, such as plantings and interpretive signage, have been installed this week.

“The Harper Park project is a great example of how we are leveraging growth to bring benefits and improved services to the community,” Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart said. “This is a great addition to Coquitlam’s natural assets, and gives our residents even more opportunities to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of exploring the outdoors.”

Improvements Funded by Development

The agreement reached with Wesbild and Infinity Properties has brought one larger, improved passive park to the growing Smiling Creek neighbourhood, rather than two smaller parks previously planned for the area.

The City owns the park extension site, but over $1 million in improvements were funded and built by Wesbild as part of $4 million in community benefits it is providing to develop housing south of the park.

The park project includes 620 metres of new trails, a pedestrian bridge over Smiling Creek linking the two sides of the park, rest areas, picnic tables, and interpretive signage and creative features reflecting Burke Mountain’s natural beauty and logging history for users to explore.

“We are really excited about the addition of this natural park to the community of Burke Mountain,” Wesbild Senior Vice-President Development Lilian Arishenkoff said. “This is the fifth park Wesbild has built in partnership with the City of Coquitlam on Burke Mountain. Parks are key to creating community and we believe the Harper Park expansion is truly special with its natural features and historical legacy.”

About $450,000 in improvements to the original park footprint have also been funded and built by Infinity Properties as part of its agreement with the City. Infinity’s contribution has included significant trail upgrades, construction of two pedestrian bridges, native plantings and seating.

“At Infinity, we believe in creating Authentic Places that enhance livability,” said Josh Turner, Development Manager for Infinity Properties. “The opportunity to help improve the outdoor amenity space at Harper Park is a perfect example of how our team was able to enhance the area through the improvement of natural spaces for local residents to enjoy.”

Area Heritage Represented in New Features

The expansion project retains most of the natural forest and highlights Burke Mountain’s logging history, railway and forest features:

  • Burke Mountain was logged throughout the first half of the 20th century, facilitated by increased railway access in the 1920s. One of the original railway beds, named the Flywheel Trail, is still visible. The historical significance is recognized by a railway-themed pathway, and an interpretive sign highlights the area’s logging history.
  • Logging operations on Burke Mountain began in the early 20th century, when Dr. Robert Dollar extended a railway line from Port Moody to Burke Mountain. The railway extension crossed Hyde Creek and Coast Meridian Road, before following what is now known as Harper Road. The feature trail of the park is built on the remnants of this line.
  • The mature forest that towers over visitors is an example of the resilience and richness of the ecology of Burke Mountain. Clear-cut logging and fires in the early 20th century removed most remnants of the old growth forest, which included some trees over 1,000 years old. An interpretative sign detailing the forest succession on Burke Mountain is located in the park beside a heritage stump.

The original Harper Park site can be accessed off Harper Road or the north end of Argyle Street. Access to the extension to the west is provided from Highland Drive to the south, and along the Harper Road multi-use pathway along the north-east boundary.

Additional information and project updates are available at www.coquitlam.ca/parkprojects.


Wesbild Presenting At NECRA Meeting

Join Wesbild this week at the Northeast Coquitlam Ratepayers Monthly Meeting.  We will be updating the community on Wesbild’s progress, plans and answering any questions you may have.

WHEN Thursday, November 21 | 7:00pm

WHERE Victoria Hall | 3435 Victoria Drive

For more information, e-mail necoqra@gmail.com

The Northeast Coquitlam Ratepayer’s Association is a local, community based group that looks out for the interests of the populace of the Northeast Coquitlam and Burke Mountain areas. They meet the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm at Victoria Hall.

Smiling Creek Activity Centre

Did you know Smiling Creek Activity Centre on Burke Mountain has drop-in sports and fitness classes 6 days/week? Pickleball, yoga, soccer and more.

The Smiling Creek Activity Centre is located in the Smiling Creek Elementary School located at 3456 Princeton Avenue.  This brand new centre is set to host a variety of drop in sports, fitness programs and family programming.

Whether it be arts and crafts for your little ones, drop in volleyball for the teenagers or the 19 plus drop in basketball the City of Coquitlam is providing a wide range of fun activities right here on Burke Mountain.   All of the currently planned activities can be found in the City of Coquitlam guide below.

Smiling Creek Elementary School Catchment Area Meeting

With the opening of Smiling Creek Elementary in September 2018, SD43 has announced that a catchment area for the school will be defined and are inviting you to a meeting.

As well, registration information on transferring schools or remaining in your child’s current school will also be shared at that meeting. According to SD43, students will have the option to be grandfathered in their current elementary school, regardless of their address, if they wish to stay.

Smiling Creek Catchment Area Information Session

Date: Thursday, November 30th , 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Leigh Elementary School Gymnasium (1230 Soball Street, Coquitlam)

Attendees will have the opportunity to provide written feedback. Feedback will be reviewed and final decisions will be communicated out in early January. The November 30th meeting is an Information Session only. The registration and transfer process will occur in January.

Download Meeting Information

Wesbild Information Session – 3500 Harper Road

Community Information Session

Join Wesbild for an Open House to review our proposed development concept including new homes and park for 3500 Harper Road  ~ Coquitlam, BC

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Drop in 5-7pm
Short presentation at 6:30pm
Information Boards Available All Night

Burke Mountain Firehall
3501 David Avenue ~ Coquiltam, BC

Need more information?  Contact Jennifer Derbyshire at 604-694-8829 or jderbyshire@wesbild.com

Riley Park Information Session

The City of Coquitlam is hosting on information session on the future development of Riley Park on Burke Mountain.

When – Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 4 – 8 pm
Where – Burke Mountain Firehall (3501 David Ave)

Burke Mountain residents and park neighbours are invited by the City of Coquitlam to provide feedback on the future development of Riley Park – either in person or via an online survey.  Information Session attendees will have the opportunity to view display boards that illustrate the park development, ask questions of Coquitlam staff and provide feedback on the proposed park amenities.

Area residents may also be interested to know that, because Riley Park is located within 700 m walking distance of Sheffield Park, a 2 acre site near the intersection of Chandler St. and Sheffield Ave., planning for both parks is being coordinated to ensure a wide range of recreation options. Sheffield Park planning is scheduled for fall 2017/winter 2018.

Those unable to attend the Information Session or seeking additional information are encouraged to visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkprojects after March 29 to view the display materials and to provide their feedback via an online survey which will be open until April 12.

City Accepting Feedback On Partington Creek Neighbourhood Centre

The City of Coquitlamn is accepting feedback on the Partington Creek Neighbourhood Centre.  This is the future commercial and social hub of Burke Mountain!

The City has completed the Partington Creek Neighbourhood Centre Master Plan.  The Plan includes:

  • Part 1: Partington Creek Neighbourhood Centre Concept Plan- which summarizes the principles, site design concept, land uses and supporting design ideas for how the Neighborhood Centre can be developed.
  • Part 2: Partington Creek Neighbourhood Centre Streetscape Guidelines – which outlines general guidelines for the streetscapes that will be built concurrently with development in the Neighbourhood Centre, and
  • Part 3: Partington Creek Neighbourhod Centre Development Permit Guidelines- which identifies the desired form and character of commercial and residential development in the Neighbourhood Centre.

Read more about the plans here.



The City of Coquitlam will be receiving written feedback up to Thursday, March 23, 2017. Written correspondence can be provided in one of the following ways:

By email: clerks@coquitlam.ca
Fax: 604-927-3015
Mail: City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7N2
In person at City Hall, 3000 Guildford Way at the City Clerk’s Office during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Wednesday, March 15, 2017 to Thursday, March 23 2017 excluding statutory holidays.


Visit the Planning and Development Department at City Hall (3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC) during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday excluding statutory holidays.

Call or e-mail Amber Nicol, Development Planner, Planning and Development Department, at 604-927-3431 or anicol@coquitlam.ca


Below is the City of Coquitlam’s ad from the Tri-City News.

March NECRA Meeting

All residents of Burke Mountain are invited to attend the Northeast Coquitlam Ratepayers Monthly Meeting.

WHEN Thursday, March 16 | 7:00pm

WHERE Victoria Hall | 3435 Victoria Drive

For more information, call 604.941.2260 or 604.942.9725.

The Northeast Coquitlam Ratepayer’s Association is a local, community based group that looks out for the interests of the populace of the Northeast Coquitlam and Burke Mountain areas. They meet the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm at Victoria Hall.


BC Assessment at January’s NECRA Meeting

A team from BC Assessment will be attending the Northeast Coquitlam Ratepayer’s Association meeting this month.

All residents of Burke Mountain are invited to attend, ask questions, and hear from the BC Assessment Team. Please bring a non-perishable food item for SHARE’s food bank – this is an annual collection the NECRA does every January to help support the food bank through the winter.

WHEN Thursday, January 19 | 7:00pm

WHERE Victoria Hall | 3435 Victoria Drive

For more information, call 604.941.2260 or 604.942.9725.

The Northeast Coquitlam Ratepayer’s Association is a local, community based group that looks out for the interests of the populace of the Northeast Coquitlam and Burke Mountain areas. They meet the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm at Victoria Hall.

Northwest Burke Vision Community Info Sessions


The City of Coquitlam will be holding two Community Information Sessions in June 2016 on the Northwest Burke Vision. These two events allow you and your neighbours an opportunity to review the land use, access and servicing work completed to date, and to share your thoughts and ideas on the overall vision for the area.

The Community Information Sessions are scheduled for:

Date:                    Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time:                   11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location:            Victoria Hall (3435 Victoria Drive)

Date:                    Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Time:                   4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:            Victoria Hall (3435 Victoria Drive)


Download the City of Coquitlam’s Information Flyer Here.
Northwest Burke Vision Flyer 2016