New forest trails open in the heart of Coquitlam

Father helps daughter riding a bike with training wheels on the Riverview forest trail
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Coquitlam mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners can now access a new trail system – right in their own backyard. Work was recently completed upgrading and expanding the Riverview Forest Park trails, located in the heart of Coquitlam on Mariner Way across from Mundy Park. FortisBC helped fund the upgrades as a thank-you to the community.

The park now boasts more than 750 metres of upgraded biking and walking trails, including a new 530-metre flow track for mountain biking, as well as improved park entries with signage and seating.

The City of Coquitlam partnered with the Tri-Cities Offroad Cycling Association to design the upgrades, in order to help deliver a diverse offering of recreational opportunities to the community and to broaden the availability of popular off-road cycling infrastructure – especially for beginner and intermediate riders who may not yet be skilled enough to cycle Coquitlam’s more challenging mountain terrain.

“In Coquitlam we’re very proud of our trail network, which boasts more than 90 kilometres of trail to be enjoyed by everyone – for fitness, fun or just getting out into nature,” said Donnie Rosa, Coquitlam’s general manager of parks, recreation & culture. “We’re already hearing very positive feedback about the improved trails at Riverview Forest Park and I’m grateful to everyone who helped deliver this new asset for the community.”

FortisBC completed construction on two major projects in the area over the past few years – its Surrey to Coquitlam natural gas line upgrades parallel to Mariner Way in 2017 and its gas line upgrades project along Como Lake Avenue in 2019.

In the years ahead, the company is also looking to upgrade its Eagle Mountain compressor station in north Coquitlam.

FortisBC senior manager external relations, Vanessa Connolly said the company believes in supporting the communities where its employees live and work. “We were thrilled to partner with the City of Coquitlam to help fund the Riverview Forest trail upgrades, and provide the community with great local amenities they can enjoy for years to come,” she said.

Man sitting on a mountain bike on a bike trail in the Riverview Forest smiles at the camera