The improvements to the parking lot completed in summer 2021 are part of an ongoing phased plan to expand the popular Coquitlam trail’s capacity.
The Lansdowne Drive gravel access road and parking lot was paved and expanded to 60 parking stalls, reducing on-street parking demand.
A digital sign provides real-time available stall counts to help reduce idling and in-and-out traffic.
A new paved pathway was constructed on the west side of the access road, and new gravel trails connect the parking lot to the existing Crunch trails.
New trail improvements provide paved connections closer to the recently constructed crosswalk at Guildford Way.
Proposed Coquitlam Crunch South Extension
The first proposed extension to the original Coquitlam Crunch Trail is the Coquitlam Crunch South Extension, running south of the Barnet Highway from Dewdney Trunk up the slope to Mariner Way and connecting to Mundy Park.
The proposed Coquitlam Crunch South Extension will expand the trail to the southeast Coquitlam area, providing additional capacity for residents to enjoy the outdoor recreation amenity throughout the city.
A long-time destination for fitness enthusiasts, the existing Crunch trail typically sees as many as 52,000 people each month during peak season. However, increased use during the pandemic has created parking and road safety issues.
The City has been working with neighbours of the existing Crunch trail and have implemented several measures in response. Plans for viewing decks and exercise equipment areas have been deferred until after the extension trail is operational.
In the fall of 2020, the City completed a pedestrian crossing on Guildford Way to encourage use of the Runnel Drive parking lot at the foot of the existing trail. New signage promoting road safety and directing visitors to the lower parking lot is also being installed, and will include an electronic sign at the Lansdowne parking lot indicating real-time parking space capacity.