Blakeburn Lagoons Park
Port Coquitlam, BC
The Blakeburn Lagoons Park project will convert a derelict and contaminated former sanitary detention facility into an ecologically restored public park.
The two existing lagoons will be converted into a constructed wetland. Constructed wetlands are engineered systems that use natural functions of vegetation, soil and organisms to improve waste and stormwater quality.
The primary project goals are to improve site hydrology, enhance site ecology and introduce public park amenities.
Municipal stormwater will be directed to the wetland to maintain year-round water levels and mitigate existing flooding in the neighbourhood; diverse wildlife habitats will be introduced; invasive vegetation will be removed and replaced with native plants; and public amenities including walking trails, boardwalks, viewing platforms, wildlife hides, site furnishings and interpretive signage will be added.
This project includes the management of site contaminants, the conservation and enhancement of the ecosystem and the introduction of community open space and public amenities.