Over the years Coquitlam has become known as a beautiful place to settle down and raise a family. Coquitlam makes sense to the modern day commuter as there are no major bridges to cross from Coquitlam to Vancouver and there is good access to roads and public transit. It is interesting to note that the Coast Salish peoples were the first to habitate this area and the name Coquitlam was loosly derived from the word “Kwikewetlem” wish has been translated to mean “red fish up the river”.
Later on in the historical time line Coquitlam became known as the “place-in-between” as north road was built to provide access the port facilities in Port Moody.
In 1889 the Fraser Mills lumber mill opened and the district of Coquitlam was incorporated shortly after in the year 1908. The landmark “Place Des Arts” stands today as a memory of what was once the mill manager’s residence.
As a natural progression of families being attracted to the area parks such as Blue Mountain Park were built as a way to provide a gathering place and a go to place for family activity.
Blue Mountain Park is well known to the local residents of Coquitlam and is visited often by families using the water park, picnic tables, tennis courts and baseball facilities. Blue Mountain Park is clearly part of Coquitlam’s history as it is one of the City’s original parks and even today it is a go-to park for where the family can gather and enjoy all kinds of activities.
Over time the park has found the perfect balance between open space coupled with a canopy of tall old trees like the Redwoods, Red Cedars and the Douglas fir. The tree canopy provides a nice blanket of shade on those sunny hot days and the clearing invites everybody endless opportunities to stroll through the trees with comfort and ease. Blue Mountain Park has a great selection of family amenities and they include facilities for the following events:
grass playing field,
three tennis courts.
wading pool and spray park
The recent playground has a safe playing surface made of rubberized safety surface and there are other activities like climbing ropes a roller slide and even music chimes.
Back in the day, the park was an attraction to families even without all of the above facilities. In the 1940s and 50s, the May Day event was organized and introduced to Coquitlam. The May Day event had a variety of races, a Maypole, and there was even a parade that travelled from the Municipal Hall on Brunette Avenue to Blue Mountain Park.
To this day Blue Mountain Park continues to be a destination for families seeking fun and shade on those beautiful summer days. As the population grows around the park it will continue to be an anchor for the community for years to come
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