There are many reasons that I moved to the suburbs. I now have a backyard, the kids have room to roam, but the biggest reason was all the free parking. No longer in Coquitlam City Centre though. New pay stations and street pay parking went into effect September 1st. Parking pay stations are being re-installed on Pinetree north of Guildford and on the south side of Glen Drive, east of The High Street. Pinetree, I get it. You don’t want to cannibalize the parking at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. But Glen Drive? With the turnover in business that has been happening around The High Street, I’m not sure this is the best way to get people venturing into the areas north of Coquitlam Centre. Unlike the compact areas in Port Moody like Suter Brook and Newport Village, Coquitlam City Centre just doesn’t feel like a cohesive destination yet. Certainly not until the Evergreen Line comes rumbling through. If the city is that hard up for funds, they could sit in any city park on any given day and hand out dog off-leash tickets until the cows come home. I expect a discount on my property taxes for that free suggestion.
Maillardville is 103 years old, which is amazing because it doesn’t look a day over 86. Celebrations will take place at Mackin House museum on Saturday, September 15th from 12-4pm.
Speaking of things that have been around for a long time, the Coquitlam District Music Festival has been going for 60 years now. Today the festival boasts over 700 entrants for piano, strings and vocal competitions. A retrospective concert will be held on Sept 13th, 7pm, at the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam. Call 604-941-6476 for tickets.
Another tender has been released for major construction of the Evergreen Line in Port Moody. Watching the work that is going on around Como Lake and North Road, it actually feels like a reality now.
The Anmore by-election is coming up on Saturday, September 22nd. The Anmore Times is sponsoring an all candidates meeting tonight at 7:30pm in the Anmore Elementary School gym. They have also posted candidate profiles of Ann-Marie Thiele and Sager Jan.
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Run for the Cure 2012 is coming up on September 30th. Miss 604 profiles a team that last year included a member of our team here at theV3H.
Finally Les Romhanyi crossed a bridge across the Coquitlam River several times a day. He got to thinking what it would be like to take a picture of the river every day for a year and chart the changes that the seasons bring to the river. We are now rewarded with his stick-to-it-iveness.