Viewing Platform at Blakeburn Lagoons Port Coquitlam
By Anne Philley
Blakeburn Lagoons Park is Port Coquitlam’s newest city park which opened to the public on April 28, 2018. This site was once part of Blakeburn Ranch, a cattle ranch that thrived in the 1920s. Waste settlement ponds were built in the 1960s and decommissioned in the 1970s. Federal and city funding allowed for the site’s rehabilitation and development of the park and natural area.
The park site has already been awarded the 2018 Sustainable Communities Award in the category of brownfield from the Canadian Municipalities. A brownfield is an under-utilized former commercial or industrial site with redevelopment potential.
Enjoy the 1.6 km of looped walking trails on this 11-hectare site. A quiet reflective seating space has been designated for those who wish to reflect on life, heal and remember those who are no longer with us or just sit and read a book in this tranquil setting.
There are many viewing platforms around the two lagoons that act as key advantage points of interest that showcase the varied ecological habitat zones within the park. Benches are strategically placed around the lagoons and a picnic area is available close to the entrance by Blakeburn Park which has a playground available for the kids to enjoy.
There are several bat houses around the lagoons to provide shelter for the bats who help control the mosquito population as well as tree snags that act as perches for hawks, eagles and owls.
Although this park is still in its infancy, once the various shrubs, ground cover plants, trees and native grasses mature it will truly be an amazing site with a variety of educational learning opportunities within a natural habitat. This park is dog friendly but pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
The park is situated in the northeast corner of Port Coquitlam. There are three entrances to the park, they are on Fremont Street, Riverside Drive and Elbow Place. If you are driving, directions to get to the park, take Lougheed Hwy (Hwy 7), to Ottawa Street, head north toward Dominion Ave, stay on Ottawa, turn right at Riverside Drive, turn right onto Elbow Place, park will be on the left-hand side.
Come and check it out for an easy stroll or to sit and relax and enjoy the views within the city.
Published: May 31, 2018
Anne Philley has worked for the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association for sixteen years and is their Membership Services Co-ordinator. Anne loves to travel and has visited many parts of British Columbia. She has extensive knowledge within the camping and lodging sector. Anne is the face of Super Camping, distributing 40,000 camping packages at BC, Alberta & Washington State RV Consumer Shows.