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Earth Day Ivy removal at Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam

  • Apr 20, 2013 · 9:45 AM

This event is on rain or shine!

Meeting Spot

We are meeting at Minnekhada Regional Park at Minnekhada Lodge. From Lougheed Highway, turn North on Coast Meridian, turn right onto Prairie Road, take a left onto Cedar Drive. Cedar Drive continues onto Oliver Road. Follow the signs to the Lodge.

For a map please CLICK HERE

Getting yourself there

There is limited parking at the lodge and there is no transit to this park, so please either carpool or ride your bicycle!

carpooling. There are often Lower Mainland Green Team volunteers willing to provide a ride! If you need a ride log into your meetup account, click on "join us" on this page and leave a message briefly describing where you can offer or need a ride from. You can also leave a message at the bottom of this page in the box where it says "post a comment". Don't forget to chip in for gas if you get a ride ($5 for every hour of drive is about right).

Your organizer also sends an email reminder out to everyone signed up to participate a day before so drop an email to her ([masked]) that you need a ride and she can include it in her message to all those participating.

Take transit. To find out the best route go to: type in the location you are starting from, the destination and the date and time you will be begin the trip. Keep in mind there is no transit stop near our meeting spot so if you take transit bring your bicycle or plan for a lengthy walk to get you the rest of the way there.

Ride your bicycle. There are bicycle maps here:


  • Meet at 9.45am (please don't be late)
  • Sign-in
  • Walk to site. Note: if you are late follow a sign with an arrow.
  • English Ivy removal from 10am - 1pm (with breaks and refreshments)
  • After 1pm for those interested we will walk around and explore Minnekhada Regional park and have packed lunches (please bring your own)

What to bring

  • Your rain jacket in case it is raining. Our events in the rain have still been great fun!
  • If it's sunny, bring a hat and sunscreen
  • Gardening gloves if you have them (otherwise they'll be provided for you)
  • Ideal footwear: waterproof hiking boots, sturdy outdoor shoes, rubber boots. No open toe shoes, heels or fashionable shoes/boots.
  • Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty
  • Long sleeves and long pants are ideal (this will help reduce scratches from thorny plants that you may brush up against). Or if it's hot wear short sleeves and shorts and bring the pants and long sleeves to throw on if necessary.
  • Water (to bring with you to the work site) - Please don't forget this
  • A packed lunch if you are sticking around after 1pm

What will be provided for you

  • Gloves, tools and equipment. If you have your own gardening gloves or tools feel free to bring them.
  • Snacks for the break
  • Instruction - Metro Vancouver Parks will give you the run down about the work we will be doing (you don't need to have experience to participate). There will be a safety talk and an orientation of the site.
  • A volunteer letter emailed to you after the event to confirm your hours if you need it

About English Ivy

To learn more about the invasive plant English Ivy please click--> HERE and HERE

About Tynehead Regional Park

Minnekhada Regional park is a natural park 200 hectares in size in northeast Coquitlam. It features trails, rock knolls, abundant trees, birds and other wildlife (it is designated wildlife watch site). At the center of the park is the main marsh area.


Minnekhada Park Association and Metro Vancouver Parks

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  • Ria L.

    Beautiful park! We removed a lot of ivy but there is still some left. It's amazing and concerning how much ivy there is. I feel happy to have helped and will look for other opportunities to help with our parks.

    April 20, 2013

  • Monique C.

    It was awesome! The forest is so soft and lush! It was a little challenging to remove the ivy around the delicate native plants, but it was so cool to see how much ivy was removed in one big clump down by the water. I missed seeing the Western Toad though :( next time hopefully!

    1 · April 20, 2013

  • Tianyang

    if there is no public transit, I cannot get there

    April 19, 2013

    • Amber V.

      I think the nearest bus stop is about 40 min walk. :(

      April 19, 2013

    • Lyda S.

      Tianyang, I didn't notice your message on here until this morning (the morning of the event unfortunately) would have given you a ride in (though I'm going much earlier than everyone else), and I'm sure someone would have given you a lift. Next time please indicate you need a ride and someone can probably provide you with one.

      April 20, 2013

  • Tianyang


    April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would really like to come to this event, unfortunately I don't have a car and was wondering if someone could give me and fellow green team member a ride. Even if its from the nearest bus stop to the park, anything would be appreciated!

    March 18, 2013

    • Amber V.

      Thanks so much! I wrote you an email of the time I will arrive at the stop and my phone number in case you need to call.

      March 29, 2013

    • Diana

      Sorry for the delayed reply. I got your email and that time would be perfect. If I need to change the time, I'll let you know... but as of right now, it'll be okay

      April 3, 2013

  • Amber V.

    Still tentative. Waiting on ride confirmation.

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My husband Lionel will also be attending.

    March 15, 2013

  • Monique C.

    I love this area! Looking forward to it.

    March 3, 2013

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