Pitt Meadows is the Natural Place where parks, open spaces, sports fields and green spaces are key to the way of life in the city. Pitt Meadows Park Projects objectives include:
- maintain and improve several different types of trails to accommodate more usage, provide transportation alternatives, and increase interconnectivity;
- protect areas with significant environmental value, and provide outdoor recreation opportunities;
- design parks to be safe with opportunities for a wide variety of activities, age groups, and ability levels, keeping current with trends;
- meet the athletic and safety needs of sports user groups consistent with typical standards for sport fields;
- design and maintain existing neighbourhood playgrounds while exploring innovative opportunities for the future.
The City of Pitt Meadows is in the process of developing the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan, which will provide engagement opportunities that will play a part in the process of creating a multi-year guiding plan for the future of these service areas. Make sure to follow our social media channels to find out where we are in the process and when there will be opportunities for you to let us know your ideas!
Is there a project happening in your area you don't see listed here? Metro Vancouver maintains spaces in our community and may be responsible for maintenance and projects you see happening or maybe requesting information about. View Metro Vancouver park areas here.
The following list includes the creation of new parks, as well as the improvement and maintenance projects of existing parks.
Harris Road Playground Replacement (Dec 2021 - Early 2022)
May 20 Update - Phase 2:
The Konnection Swing is the final piece of the Harris Road Park Installation. The installation is scheduled to take place, next week, May 24 to 27. The existing playground is open for use. The installation area will be fenced off until the project is complete. For safety, park users are reminded to avoid the fenced area.
For more details or questions, please reach out to our parks team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 13 Update – Phase 2:
After conversations with members of the community last fall the Pitt Meadows Parks Department took some suggestions and revisited the play space design to offer more for children of all abilities. In phase 2 of the project, the Parks Department will be installing a ship that has enhanced accessibility and offers a variety of games and puzzles low to the ground as well as a ramp. The other play features being installed are the Volta Inclusive Spinner which provides the merry-go-round experience and the Konnection Swing, an interactive swing where adults and children swing together.
Timeline (weather permitting):
- Harris Road Park Accessible Ship and Volta Inclusive Spinner installation is scheduled to start Monday, May 9 and is expected to be complete by Friday, May 20, 2022 (weather permitting).
- This will be an active worksite, a portion of the park will be closed and fenced off until the project is complete.
- We are asking park users to avoid the fenced worksite area, watch for moving equipment, and be mindful as this is an active worksite.
- Park users could consider visiting another park until this phase of the project is complete. The completion date is scheduled for the end of day on May 20, 2022 (weather permitting).
Need more information? We encourage parents and park users with additional comments, concerns or questions to reach out to our parks team at email@example.com.
Jan. 19 Update:
The City would like to offer sincere thanks to the group of parents who met with staff and shared experiences, requirements, and considerations for accessibility-related to playground design. As a result, new pieces of equipment have been ordered and reviewed with parents – most notably the large play structure known as ‘the boat’ (shown in the post images), as well as other important accessible elements.
In 2022, a resident Advisory Committee will be formed that will provide recommendations and will assist the City with prioritizing projects. This will include a position that will hold accessibility knowledge.
The Harris Road Park replacement project was beginning the initial installation phase when staff met with parents. The accessible equipment ordered as a result of that meeting will arrive in the second installation phase that has an estimated delivery window of two months.
The City is excited to announce that the first phase of the playground opens tomorrow Thurs. Jan. 20 and is ready for the community to enjoy. We are grateful to the parents who worked collaboratively with the City to improve play for all children. The City is committed to making changes to how we design and purchase playgrounds for future projects.
Further details on the Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee will be coming soon.
The City of Pitt Meadows is committed to creating play spaces that are inclusive and accessible to all children.
Under the Canadian Playground Standards, “accessible” is used when speaking to the surfacing, and “inclusive” is used when speaking to the play features.
The following features make this playground accessible:
- The selected surface of the new playground is engineered wood fibre, and is considered “accessible” according to the Canadian playground safety standards.
- Rubber surfacing was considered, however due to the heavily treed location of this playground this type of surface would become a slip hazard.
- The site will be excavated against existing pathways on the west side, which will allow for a smooth transition from the asphalt onto the playground surfacing.
- The playground will not include any curbing, so it will be open from all directions.
Inclusive elements, which provide physical, visual, cognitive and special elements for varying abilities including sensory needs, will include.
- “Volito swing”- this is designed for children of all abilities and allows for easy transfer from a chair. It’s a saucer-style swing that will fit multiple members of the family.
- “Volta saucer” – often referred to as a spinner, has a high back for support to sit comfortably and safely, and allows for easy transfer from a chair.
- “Discovery Stations” – multiple stations can be found throughout the playground that includes sensory features.
- “Tot lot activity area”- portion designed for ages 2-5 has 2 discovery stations at ground level for children of all capabilities to access.
- The existing swings will remain, with a new coat of paint to match the new playground.
About the Vendor
Suttle Recreation was selected for this project as they promote inclusive play, and apply the 7 principles of Inclusive Playground Design, to generate play spaces that are a safe and a fun environment for all users:
1-Be Fair: The play environment promotes equitable use by persons of all abilities. It encourages
multigenerational play and supports the participation of individuals with diverse abilities, needs, and interests.
2-Be Included: The play space offers flexibility of use and accommodates everyone’s right to play.
3- Be Smart: the design is simple and intuitive, with visual clues that make it easy to understand and use, helping individuals to gain confidence through play.
4- Be Independent: The design offers perceptible information and allows persons to interact, explore and participate in sensory rich play.
5- Be Safe: The play environment is tolerant of error by meeting safety standards, considering unintentional actions and promoting emotional security for personal development.
6- Be Active: The play space offers diverse opportunities for children to engage in sustained, healthy physical activity fostering social participation and cooperation.
7-Be Comfortable: Appropriate size and space is provided for approach and use so the play environment is comfortable for individuals with diverse sensory, physical, and emotional needs.
They also strive to integrate the six elements of physical play (balancing, climbing, swinging, brachiating, sliding and spinning) to create active play spaces that engage the whole body.
Engagement with playground users was performed for the Harris Road Park replacement. During the summer program staff performed an onsite survey over a two week period with playground users and their parents/caregiver to find out what type of play features were most important to them. This information was used during the selection process. We recognize that due to diverse abilities this community park may not meet everyone’s requirements.
All of the feedback received from the public will be shared with Suttle Recreation, to see if there are additional features that can be added to the Harris Road Playground as a second phase. We encourage parents with additional comments, concerns or questions to please reach out to our parks team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MacLean Park - Invasive Plants Removal - May 28, 2022
Come out for a day of community building, habitat restoration, nature connection, outdoor exercise and an all-around great time! Join the Lower Mainland Green Team in removing invasive plants from MacLean Park in Pitt Meadows from 9:45am-1pm on Saturday, May 28, 2022. This activity will run rain or shine. For more information or to register visit Lower Mainland Green Team. This activity is being run in partnership with Green Teams of Canada and the City of Pitt Meadows.
“An invasive species can be any kind of living organism—an amphibian (like the cane toad), plant, insect, fish, fungus, bacteria, or even an organism’s seeds or eggs—that is not native to an ecosystem and causes harm. They can harm the environment, the economy, or even human health. Species that grow and reproduce quickly, and spread aggressively, with potential to cause harm, are given the label invasive.” – National Wildlife Federation
Every year, the City of Pitt Meadows Parks team plants new trees in various locations. This year, we will be planting 43+ trees in our Parks and boulevards.
Stop by these locations to see the new trees!
- Mitchell Park
- Somerset Park
- North Bonson Park
- Shoreline Park
- South Bonson Community Center
- Joyner Place
The PM Community Garden has had a waitlist for several years and will undergo an expansion later this year with the building of 20 new plots to the east of the current garden. Electrical upgrades will also be made to provide the Pitt Meadows Garden Society with lighting in their existing storage area. This work will be commencing in mid-late April.
May 20, 2022 – As part of the Shoreline Park improvements, the west viewing platform will be closed for repair from May 24-27. For safety, park users are reminded to avoid the area and stay behind the barricades. The area will be closed until the project is complete. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the week, weather permitting.
Timeline (weather permitting):
The Shoreline viewing platform repairs are scheduled from May 24 to May 27, 2022.
- This is an active worksite, the west Shoreline Park viewing platform will be closed until the project is complete.
- We are asking park users to avoid the area and be mindful that it is an active worksite.
We encourage park users with additional comments, concerns or questions to reach out to our parks team at email@example.com.
Shoreline Park Improvements - March 2022
Over the past month, invasive species and hazard trees have been removed. The next stage of park improvements is the planting of trees to create beneficial habitats and promote biodiversity.
Plants you will see growing here:
Spirea douglasii (Hardhack)
- Attracts butterflies and bees
- Provides a beneficial hunting ground for raptors
- Provides shelter for small birds
Mahonia nervosa (dull Oregon grape)
- Provides important habitat
- Food source for small birds and mammals
- Nectar source for Hummingbirds
Polystichum munitum (western swordfern)
- Food source for several mammals
- Provides habitat for several bird species
- Provides habitat for small mammals
Rubus parviflorus (thimbleberry)
- Top summer food source for wildlife, especially birds
- Attracts pollinators
Cornus kousa (dogwood)
- Attracts pollinators
- Seeds are eaten by squirrels and birds
Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura)
- Habitat source
- Fallen leaves smell like caramel
With the increased use of parks, trails and outdoor spaces the collection of utilization data is needed. Counters will be installed at key locations throughout parks and trails in Pitt Meadows, and the data collected will assist staff in planning for infrastructure and other park and trail improvements. These counters will be installed throughout May.
Pitt Meadows Athletic Park Racquet Courts Resurfacing - February 2022
The City of Pitt Meadows Parks Department considered several options for the addition of outdoor pickleball courts at the Pitt Meadows Athletic Park as part of the upcoming resurfacing.
As the popularity of both tennis and pickleball continues to rise, so does the need for facilities like these in our community. Last summer, temporary pickleball lines for six courts were painted on two of the four tennis courts to accommodate increased participation with shared use.
We received input from players on how best to support the growing demand for usage of the courts. An Online Survey was conducted between February 8 to 28, 2022.
Thank-you to everyone that participated in the Racquet Court resurfacing engagement survey. There were over 200 online surveys completed with 87% in support of resurfacing the courts. 63% of those preferred tennis on two courts and lines on the other six courts, dedicated for Pickleball with nets installed in ground for each dedicated use.
Staff have proceeded with developing the RFP for this work to be completed later in 2022.
Thank you for your valuable input! If you have any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.465.2452
Parks Signage Replacement Project (Ongoing through 2021)
Going forward the new Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee will have a dedicated member for “Accessibility and Inclusion”, and future projects will be reviewed by this committee. Recruitment will take place in February as part of the annual committee recruitment process.
You may have noticed new signs being installed at City parks! When the old ones needed to be replaced, it was an excellent opportunity to redesign the signs to better reflect the look and feel of the community. The new signs use colours that emulate the natural landscape of Pitt Meadows and draw inspiration from the water, mountains, and meadow grasses. Keep an eye out for the new signs!
Check out this before and after photo to see the old style of signs, and the beautiful new ones being installed all across Pitt Meadows.