Visiting Coquitlam’s Queenston Park

My kids are out of school for the summer right now, and one of the things we’ve been doing is spending time at local parks. In part, it’s a way to pry the kids away from their screens. In part, it’s a way to get everyone out of the house. But most of all, it’s a way for us to explore our community and find new places to visit. And so, one morning last week we found ourselves exploring Coquitlam’s newest playground at Queenston Park on Burke Mountain.

queenston park coquitlam playgroundQueenston Park officially opened back in April. It’s not big, and it’s easy to miss, tucked away on a quiet side street at 3415 Queenston Avenue in Coquitlam. There isn’t a parking lot, so be prepared for street parking. There also isn’t a bathroom, although there is an extra large port-a-potty for emergencies. I suggest erring on the side of caution and making sure everyone goes at home before you leave.

queenston park coquitlam playgroundIn spite of its unassuming nature, when we visited Queenston Park it was busy with local families and a visiting group of day campers. One quick look at the playground explains why. It’s divided into three main sections, with a smaller play structure aimed at toddlers, a larger play structure aimed at primary school kids and then an adventure play zone built into the hillside for the big kids. The whole thing is built on a soft rubber surface. It cushions falls but unlike mulch, sand or pea gravel you won’t be shaking the remnants out of your shoes.

queenston park coquitlam playgroundIn addition to the playground there are benches for grown-ups and a sport court with a basketball hoop and built in goal boxes. There are also large open lawns, particularly at the top end of the park.

My six and 10-year-old headed straight for the adventure play area. They loved it, and my six-year-old has been talking about it non-stop since our visit. For a smallish, neighbourhood playground it definitely stands out.

Queenston Park is not a place where you would pack a picnic lunch and while away the whole day. Stick to the larger standbys like Blue Mountain, Town Centre, Rocky Point or Lions Park for that. Rather, this is a great place to let the kids blow off some steam for a couple of hours while you discover a new neighbourhood right here in the Tri-Cities.

queenston park coquitlam playground

queenston park coquitlam playground

But, seriously – visit the bathroom at home.

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