Park Spotting – Poco Park, Coquitlam, British Columbia

Park Spotting

Poco Park, Coquitlam, British Columbia

What’s the name of the park?

The Poco Park, in the parlance of our times.

Where is it?

Coquitlam, British Columbia.

Directions?

Take Hastings Street out of Vancouver (heading east) until it turns into the Barnet Highway. Follow to Port Moody, go left at the stoplight, and then continue on the Barnet until you reach Port Coquitlam. Turn left off of the highway onto the Lougheed Highway/Pinetree Way (heading north). Go up Pinetree Way, take a right on Pinewood Avenue. The parking lot is on your right, the skatepark is on your left.

What’s in the park?

Hips, rails, and a spined concrete mini with bowled ends and extensions.

Who designed it?

Kyle Dion.

Hours?

All day and all of the night.

Does it have lights?

Sure does.

What’s good about it?

Late-night skate sessions, good hips, and Derek Longo’s 180 nosegrinds.

What’s bad about it?

The potential for BMX collisions and the perpetual flatbottom puddles in the spine section.

What pros skate there?

Rare Vancouver pro sightings-McCrank, Machnau. No Chalmers, though.

Any admission fees?

No-it’s an outdoor park in Canada. Tax dollars well spent.

Do you have to wear pads?

Hey man, wear what you dig.

What about cops?

What about ’em? They don’t cruise the park, if that’s what you’re asking.

When does it get crowded?

After school, as per usual.

What are the chances of getting beat up?

Why, what’d you do?

One to ten rating.

Grading on a Canadian bell curve-6.5.

-Scott Pommier