A neighbourhood green space tucked beside Maillard middle school in Coquitlam will be getting an upgrade.

On Monday, city council received the Rochester Park concept plan, a $3-million to $4-million proposal that would see the addition of a water play amenity, youth activity area, improved parking facilities and an enhanced trail network.

But there were two items missing from the report that caught council’s attention.

An off-leash area for dogs and an outdoor pool are not in the concept plan, amenities staff said were not appropriate for the small parcel of land that makes up the park.

The news was disappointing to Coun. Bonita Zarrillo, who noted that there are not a lot of green spaces in the neighbourhood where residents can walk their animals.

“I spent some time at the park on the weekend,” she said. “There is an awful lot of dogs. We need a space for the dogs. We need to make a dog off-leash area.”

Raul Allueva, the city’s general manager of parks and recreation, said amenities like a pool and an off-leash area may have to be considered for other parks and city land in the area.

Original Article from Tri-City News: http://www.tricitynews.com/news/upgrade-proposals-for-coquitlam-s-rochester-park-1.1879262