They're both considered jewels in their respective communities, and now Rocky Point Park in Port Moody and Confederation Park in PoCo are going head-to-head along with a number of other spots in a battle to be named as Canada's greatest public space.
The contest, which is being sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), seeks to recognize great streets, public places and neighbourhoods. The two Tri-Cities parks were nominated by members of the public under the great space category.
PoCo Mayor Greg Moore said he's known for a long time how spectacular Confederation Park is, noting the city holds its Canada Day celebrations in the space located in the Citadel Heights area. "We think it's a little jewel we have here," he said.
The PoCo mayor isn't worried the exposure from the contest could ruin the park, and instead welcomes the attention.
"The more people that know about Port Coquitlam, the better off it is," he told the Tri-Cities NOW.
Moore added there are many great parks in the region, which he attributed to good planning by cities to keep them protected as public areas.
Across the boundary in Port Moody, Mayor Mike Clay admitted he's biased, but his favourite place in Canada is Rocky Point Park.
He too considers the park in his city a jewel not only of Port Moody, but the entire Lower Mainland.
Clay said he also sees the contest as a way to see what other people think of the park.
"Anytime you have a chance for people to express their community pride is good," he said, adding he's encouraged residents to not only vote but to leave comments about the park.
The two parks aren't a shoein to take home the top prize, as the competition includes some pretty popular spaces
around B.C. and the country, including English Bay and Granville Island in Vancouver, Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island and the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.
Nominations for the Great Places contest are open until Sept. 2, while voting takes place online until Sept. 23.
The winners will be announced on World Town Planning Day on Nov. 8. The previous winners for the past two years include The Forks in Winnipeg in 2011 and Cape Forchu Lighthouse in Yarmouth, N.S. last year.
According to the CIP's website, Canada's Great Places are selected on the basis of both popularity and planning excellence as judged by a panel of experts.
For more information or to vote, go to www.cip-icu.ca/greatplaces.
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