People like you in this community—parents, youth, new Canadians, seniors and adults—tell us at the Y that they need help. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the need to successfully access employment, child care and mental health services critical. The YMCA is active right now providing support and belonging to children, families, adults, and seniors in our communities.
Meeting community needs
Like a first responder, the Y exists to serve emerging needs in the community. We can pivot to respond to challenges our communities like Coquitlam are facing. The YMCA of Greater Vancouver has been supporting families through essential child care and day camp programs all summer long. YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services programs have gone virtual, along with Y Mind mental health programs and the wide range of fitness, family supports and virtual camp through YMCAhome.ca. We continue to listen to the community and are intentional about how we respond.
Cities, like Coquitlam and the Tri-Cities area, are growing rapidly and soon the demand on social infrastructure will surpass what is available. High-rise developments are bringing density and creating an urban environment that needs a safe, clean and inclusive place to connect people to vital community service programs. Coquitlam’s growth provides a unique opportunity to intentionally build a YMCA centre of community that is proactive in filling the needs of its citizens.
Construction continues on the new Coquitlam YMCA
Construction in Coquitlam has safely continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are happy to say that a lot has been accomplished since excavation started on February 12 of this year. At this point in the project, the hole is dug, there were no soil issues, and rebar work has started to build the parking lot and foundation for the new Y.
We are currently on time with our construction schedule:
January/February 2020: Start of excavation
Spring 2021: Cottonwood Park expansion completed
Fall of 2022: Construction of YMCA, Community Police Station and Park-and-Ride completed
2023: Construction of rental housing and portion of Burquitlam Park completed
Opening our Doors to All
We can’t wait to bring critically needed services to the traditionally underserved Tri-Cities area. Coquitlam Capital Campaign Chair Tracy Price is especially proud of being a pioneer in the area with her cabinet. She says, “We feel honoured to be a part of bringing the Y to our community and helping others invest in our community too. Working together we can provide everyone the opportunity to be healthy, happy and reach their potential.”