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 a number of different types of trails to accomodate more usage, provide transportation alternatives, and to increase interconnectivity;
- protect areas with significant environmental value, and provide outdoor recreation opportunities;
- design parks to be safe with opportunties for a wide variety of activites, 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 be play a part of the process in 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!
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The following list includes the creation of new parks, as well as the improvement and maintenance projects of existing parks.
Before Photos Prior to Work Commencing:
May 3, 2021: Repairs will be coming to the CP/Lougheed Trail. Dates will be announced on this page shortly. The trail will require a closure in order to complete the work.
The install of the new structure is estimated to begin at the end of May. The current playground has long surpassed its lifespan and is beyond repair. The target age group for this new structure is 18 months to 5 years of age, referred to as a “tot lot”. This age range matches the current structures recommended age range for use. The features of this new playground are designed with the little ones in mind to challenge their motor skills and appeal to their senses. For example the “Wonky Bridge” is challenging and fun to cross. Some of the other main play features include the “plastic climber” and “bubble panel”. Fresh Engineered Wood Fibre will be installed as the protective surfacing.
May 11, 2021 Update:
- Concrete and irrigation work will be complete by May 21st.
- Lawn seeding will take place beginning May 25th.
- Due to the current situation with global supply chain shortages, some of the plants are not available and this has delayed the project completion.
- This page will be updated again, once the plant delivery date has been confirmed.
Current status prior to work beginning:
Design plans and colour scheme for the roundabout:
See Completed Phase 1 for information about engagement and decision making.
The first priorities will be to address irrigation and water shut off improvements, grading of the entire roundabout surface, and add new soil to re-establish turf areas and garden beds. At this point, plants deemed suitable to relocate to other parks will be moved. Please note that optically, the roundabout may temporarily appear barren as it is prepared for the installation of new plantings. Some plantings like the cherry trees will be maintained and remain throughout this process.
To begin this work safely, a temporary perimeter fence will be installed. The project will involve large equipment, as well as the on and off loading of green waste bins.
The pre-existing structure that once functioned as a fountain is no longer operational. The brick work and garden bed will be raised and include seating around the perimeter of the centre garden. Plans are to beautify this structure and fill it with soil, building a display bed with flourishing annual bedding plants and flower bulbs. This piece of the project aligns with the roundabout design plan.
Four perennial beds will be installed in the center of the park with flowering cherry trees in the four quadrants. Beds will also be established on the east and west side of the park surrounding benches. Additional benches and a closing garbage receptacle will also be installed.
All lawn areas will be seeded to allow a fresh start for this project.
Location: 17130 Barnes Rd, Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 1Z1
There are several upgrades to the very popular park that will provide safer parking, and will continue to ensure that neighbours are not disrupted. The items for this project standardizes access to the park with other parks within Pitt Meadows.
- Improved parking will be achieved by relocating primary parking to a structured, designated location. A wood rail fence has been installed that will blend in with the natural environment, with breaks in between the fencing for easy bike access to the track.
- Surface grading and the installment of crushed gravel will create better drainage for the area. Grading will occur in June/July when there is consisten dry weather.
Visit the BMX Track page for more information on the park.
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.
Location: 12474 Lougheed Hwy, Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2J4
The invasive species the chafer beetle had done damage to the turf at Harris Road Park. The beetle digs into the ground, eating roots of vegetation which exposes these roots to other animals and critters who dig up the surrounding area.
In Oct. 2020 Grub Gone was spread over the turf. Grub Gone is a bio-insecticide used to control turf grubs at a level of efficacy equivalent to chemical standards but without the side effects or off-target damage to beneficial insects, such as pollinators. Parks staff waited out the winter season, and then completed another application of Grub Gone.
Work that started in March involved raking, and cleaning up loose material. The contractor hydro seeded the new bare spots.
The field typically closes for the winter, and the closure was been extended re-opening May 15 once the project is finished.
What work was completed?
- Cribbing (outside edges of the playgrounds that contain wood chips to the base of the playground) improvements.
- The current wooden cribbing is at end of life, and was replaced with concreate cribbing which is more durable. The new cribbing is safer as the wood gets very slippy when wet, and wood also is a hazard for slivers and splinters.
The City of Pitt Meadows Parks Staff met with registrants from the community at Bonson Park to celebrate Earth Day. A variety of trees were planted to enhance the perimeter of Bonson Park’s green space.
Why This Work Is Happening
Over the years, many trees have needed to be removed for the health and safety of park visitors and nearby residents. This work has replaced trees that have been removed. Additional environmentally sustainable improvements will be made to the area.
Why ReGreening Matters
- Enhances open spaces
- Improves natural areas
- Creates habitat
- Beautifies parks
The map below identifies the park area. Trees were planted along the perimeter of the park. Existing open spaces remain open.
This enhancement project has been made possible through the funding of BC Hydro Tree Canada Community ReGreening Grant.
The following actions were completed by Humane Solutions
Tree Wrapping - Airport Way (approx. 235 trees)
- Protection of selected trees along the north side of the walkway with heavy-duty wire mesh to prevent beavers from chewing trees
-Mesh to extend to a height of 3’ and wrapped to allow for tree growth.
Tree wrapping - Wild Wood pathway (approx. 250 trees)
- Protection of selected trees with heavy-duty wire mesh to prevent beavers from chewing trees
- Mesh to extend to a height of 3’ and wrapped to allow for tree growth.
As a result of the frequent beaver activity, the city will be proposing a Beaver Management Strategy as part of the 2022 Business Planning process.
To view previous work completed by Humane Solutions see the Completed Projects pulldown on this page.
A public engagement session was held on Sept. 23, 2019 – concerns were noted regarding the condition of the park and park amenities. From this session, the engagement feedback was integrated into the Parks workplan to investigate safety improvements, and sustainability of park amenities. In April 2020, a summary was provided by ISL to Pitt Meadows Council who approved Option 4 as part of their capital budget approval.
Safety improvements, notably sightlines were created by removing trees that blocked traffic visibility of pedestrians. Designated crosswalks were installed to reduce pedestrians emerging from all points of the roundabout. Additional sightline improvements will be made in Phase 2.
Existing plants were assessed to see which can be relocated to other parks for the second phase of work, and which ones are currently not suitable for relocation due to plant health. Plans began for new greenery that could be added to enhance the vision for the roundabout, while maintaining the safe sightlines.
Pitt Meadows Mayor Bill Dingwall and Katzie First Nation Chief Grace George unveiled two new park signs featuring Katzie language translations at Spirit Square and Waterfront Commons Park on March 8, 2021.
Over the past several months, Katzie First Nation has been working to translate the park names. The process of translation involved considering direct translation and how the space was used historically and in modern times from a Katzie lens. The area itself was also considered in terms of its landscape, flora, fauna and waterways.
The new park names are:
‘the place to remember him, her, it, them'
'front (waterside) of the house’
[Waterfront Commons Park]
Watch the video from the unveiling below to hear pronunciations of the translations.
The Katzie First Nation and the City of Pitt Meadows continue to work as partners to create a shared understanding of each other’s cultures, and look forward to future collaborative projects like this one.
Media Release: New Park Signs to Include Katzie First Nation Language.
Sept. 30, 2020- Thank you for your patience- North Bonson Dog Park is now open and better than ever. The compacted ground was removed, with gravel and drainage material added. Underneath the now leveled ground, there is piping that lays on an incline so as water builds it will catch in the underground pipe and drain to lesser used and lower areas of the park.
Staff will continue to monitor the park after the next heavy rainfall to assess the feasibility of additional measures.
Sept. 22. 2020- The current scope of work involves drainage improvements in both the small and large dog park.
A drainage pipe will be installed on the NW corner of the large dog park to divert the standing water that accumulates during heavy rains.
The soil throughout the dog park has been extremely compacted with heavy use of foot traffic from dogs and people over the past several years at this very popular dog park. Some of this compaction has been alleviated by the prior work that was done at this site by creating a perimeter walking trail
Drainage issues are not easy to improve or resolve at this site as there is no underground City infrastructure drainage lines to tie into that are in close proximity to the problematic area.
In the worst areas regrading will take place, where possible, and drainage rock added to try to mitigate further pooling of water.
During the tree re-planting program this fall, additional trees will be planted at this site relieve some of the uptake of water and erosion of the soil.
The park will need to be completely shut down for these two days while the work takes place.
July 21, 2020 - The first phase of the upgrades to the North Bonson Dog Park have been completed. The work involved removing unsafe trees and invasive species, grading to minimize areas that are prone to pooling water, the creation of a gravel based walking path around the perimeter and throughout the large and small dog areas and the addition of spring loaded self-closing gates.
These upgrades did not address all of the pooling water. Due COVID-19, all capital projects were postponed unless they posed an immediate safety risk.
Currently, the City is assessing the issue of pooling water and looking to address this before the winter and rainy months.
These are the bulbouts at the edge of roadways throughout the community. In total there were 24 locations, where annuals and other plants that require high maintenance and watering were removed and replaced with perennial, low and slow growing shrubs and greenery that is suitable for non-irrigated locations.
This was part of the Horticulture Plan that looked at what is currently in the community and identified opportunities to refresh and revitalize horticulture in the community.
Phase 2 Work:
Look for our crews planting new low growing plants just in time for Spring! There are several improvements to the way the Parks department is managing the plantings on the newly renovated medians. There are low growing plants will not impede sightlines, and top dressing materials that will reduce weeds. This will in turn lesson the amount of maintenance needed, will provide less lane closures, and will improve safety of staff as they will not need to spend as much time in that region that requires work.
Phase 1 Work:
- Electrical and irrigation has been installed
- Artificial turf was installed in 2 of the 4 sections
- The other 2 sections will/have been planted with low growing plants (1 has been planted the other 2 will be planted next spring)
- The plants chosen are low/slow growing which improves traffic site lines
- The use of artificial turf in medians is becoming very popular as it greatly reduces maintenance requirements, and alleviates parks staff working in high traffic roadways
- Tree and horticulture refresh and replacement
- Top dressing of gardens
- Addition of hardscaping.
Location: the end of McMyn Road near the corner of 190a Street
Humane Solutions completed work on this project.
- Protection of selected trees with heavy-duty wire mesh to prevent beavers from chewing trees
- Mesh extend 3’ tall and allows for tree growth
- Approx. 300 trees were wrapped
Pond Leveler (see below for rendering and photo)
- Custom built pipe system that allows water to continue to flow through a beaver dam and creates the ability to adjust the height of the water behind the dam to reduce flooding
- Annual management of pond leveler for optimal performance
Opportunities for Community Engagement will be announced shortly. We will be working with the vendor to develop an interpretive program, as well as signage.
Why don’t you remove the dam? The removal of the dam would prompt the beavers to take down more trees to replace and rebuild their dam, counteractive to this project.
Why don’t you relocate the beavers? Beavers are responsible for maintaining sensitive and important wetlands. Relocation of beaver can only take place between Sept 1 and March 31st which falls outside the 'kitting season' (term used for beavers gestation and birthing season) .
Maintaining eco-friendly and humane measures are paramount to this work.
The first phase of improvements addressed several maintenance priorities, as well as responding to resident requests to improve active opportunities for dog owners. The scope of the first phase of improvements included:
- Remove overgrown invasive species (blackberries);
- Inspect the health of the trees, and upon inspection multiple trees were found to be a safety concern and were removed;
- Grading of ground to minimize areas that are prone to pooling water;
- Create a gravel based walking path around the perimeter and throughout the large and small dog areas;
- Switch the outer gates to be spring loaded, so they close automatically.
Community members including local daycares and parents joined Mayor Bill Dingwall, members of Council and others at MacLean Park on Monday, May 13, 2019 to celebrate the installation of new playground equipment at MacLean Park.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work of staff to bring this new project to fruition. It is a tremendous asset to the community that many Pitt Meadows families will happily enjoy for years to come,” said Mayor Bill Dingwall.
The playground includes new slides, swings, and elevated structures for children ages 2-12 to explore and enjoy. The park continues to feature a pond with a wooden bridge, wildlife viewing platform, nature trail, basketball court and fitness stations.
The seating area remains, with plans to remove the roof to create a brighter, more aesthetic feel for residents’ who come to use the playground.
This project was initiated after significant community feedback which indicated that replacement of the original ageing and outdated wooden equipment was badly needed.
It is the first playground replacement managed entirely by the Pitt Meadows Parks and Recreation department. Total project budget for the upgrades to MacLean Park was $80,000.
MacLean Park is located in the 18900 block of McMyn Road. The original MacLean Park opened in 2013 and was named after former Mayor Don MacLean who spent more than 20 years on Council, including 12 as Mayor.