The City of Port Moody’s Inlet Park Redevelopment Project will transform the park into a versatile recreation facility and community space for all to enjoy. Work begins in fall 2022 and is expected to be completed in 2023.

Location

  • Inlet Park at 3024 Murray Street

Project details

The Inlet Park Redevelopment Project will replace the existing gravel field with high-quality, all-weather, artificial turf surface. Additional improvements include:

  • three smaller "Super 8" soccer pitches with wide end zones and sidelines suitable for younger players;
  • FIFA-regulation field for adult soccer games;
  • two baseball and softball diamonds;
  • batting cages;
  • children's playground;
  • additional parking spaces; and
  • new fieldhouse facility (pending future funding).
This project received $4.5 million from the joint Federal and Provincial Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

Timeline

  • Fall 2022 – advance work and site preparation
  • 2023 – Field construction complete

Impact to you

  • The field will be unavailable for use when construction begins (fall 2022).

Work hours

  • 7am-8pm Monday through Saturday
  • No work on Sundays or statutory holidays

Stakeholder engagement

In developing this project, we have regularly engaged with the following stakeholder groups:

Environmental impact

The project area has significant environmental and wildlife value including riparian habitat, large urban forests, and connection to Burrard Inlet. As part of the project, we have mapped and catalogued the environmental features to understand potential impacts the project may have on these sensitive habitats. Our goal is to avoid and minimize project-related impacts to the environment. For example, reducing the number of tree removals is a critical consideration that has guided the decision-making process to date. A restoration and enhancement plan has been drafted for the project and will help add value to the areas surrounding the new field footprint. 

The project area is archaeologically sensitive and archaeological investigations have taken place to guide the project design. Additionally, monitoring will continue during construction to further mitigate the risk of encountering archaeologically sensitive material. 

Frequently asked questions

General

What is the cost of the Inlet Park Redevelopment Project?

The field is estimated to cost $6.2 million. The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program grant funds approximately 72.5% of the project with $206,415 provided by the federal government and $4,339,052 from the provincial government. The City will provide the balance of the $1.7 million funding.

The fieldhouse is estimated at $2.2 million and will require future funding.

Crumb rubber

Will the artificial field have crumb rubber?

Yes, the artificial field will contain crumb rubber. The City currently has two artificial turf fields. Trasolini Field was resurfaced in 2010 and the North Shore Community Park was resurfaced in 2016-2017. Both were built in accordance with the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) children’s toy safety standard (EN 71-3), which remains the current safety standard requirement.

Is crumb rubber safe?

Health and safety is a top priority for the City. We consult with the Fraser Health Authority for health and technical expertise related to human health concerns. In 2008, Fraser Health Authority reviewed the potential impacts of synthetic field. After field-testing and consultation with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, they reported that there were “no significant health concerns related to the presence of lead or other metals in some synthetic fields.” At this time, there is no change to the Fraser Health Authority’s position in 2008, but they confirm that artificial turf field must be built in accordance with the most recent standard requirements, which is the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) children’s toy safety standard (EN 71-3).

How will crumb rubber be contained to the field?

To avoid the transfer of crumb rubber, the field design incorporates catch basins and cleat brushes to contain any loose crumb rubber caught in footwear or clothing. 

Light pollution

How is the City addressing light pollution from the park?

We have worked to minimize any light pollution from Inlet Park. The lighting plan for the park has incorporated the guidelines of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), the recognized authority on light pollution worldwide. For example, the park will not include uplighting—a lighting effect created by placing lights on the ground and pointing them upwards which is commonly used for baseball.

Tree removals

Will any trees be removed as part of this project?

Yes, while we have worked to minimize the environmental impact of the project, trees will be removed including 15 Black Pines along Murray Street.

The project footprint was redesigned and strategically positioned to protect sensitive forested areas and mature trees. Where possible, alternative design options have been selected to reduce impact to trees.

As per the City’s Tree Protection Bylaw (BL2961-C), each tree removed will be replaced at a 2:1 ratio. All replanted trees will be in the immediate area.


Why are trees being removed?

The City conducted a tree impact assessment with an arborist as part of the overall project design. The main purpose of this assessment was to note the species, size and conditions of the trees which will be impacted, as well as identify trees that could be retained for ecological value. The goal for the project is to retain native trees where possible and help maintain the existing natural area surrounding the project site.

Trees are marked for removal for several reasons including:

  • Trees are in poor health with issues such as no live foliage, dieback at top of canopy, sun scald, insect infestation, galls or conks, lifted root plate, and deformed trunks;
  • Trees are nearing the end of their life expectancy;
  • Tree species are not recommended for the conditions of this area; and
  • Tree species are of low ecological value for this site (i.e. biodiversity, contribution to soil, etc.)
  • Trees are within the boundary of the expanded Inlet Park area;


When will the trees be removed?

Trees are expected to be removed in the fall to avoid any impacts to nesting birds.  


Will the trees be replaced?

As per the City’s Tree Protection Bylaw (BL2961-C), each tree removed will be replaced at a 2:1 ratio. The Inlet Park Redevelopment Project includes a comprehensive landscape and planting plan as part of the overall project design to ensure no net loss of environmental habitat.


What happens to the trees that are removed?

There are several uses for the trees that are removed:

  • Cedar trees will be assessed for suitability for local First Nations.
  • Volunteer groups such as TORCA will be offered the opportunity to use the trees for trail maintenance.
  • Some trees will be used to restore and improve riparian habitat on City projects.
  • Trees deemed appropriate will be sold for lumber with the profits going back to the City.
  • Chippings from the trees may be used to mulch trees and planting areas.
  • The remaining wood chips will be taken to a compost site where they will eventually be turned into top soil.

Contact and feedback

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us:

Project Engineer
604-469-4609