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The change from a primarily rural community to an urban, residential one also brought some problems. For example, in 1955 the Austin Road Ratepayers Association approached City Council with complaints of “high-powered rifles” being used in residential areas. Council decided to investigate the bylaws of other municipalities that prohibited shooting.17 The new growth led to new problems. A 1958 newspaper article’s headline reads: “Coquitlam ‘Dumping Ground’ for Old Homes.” Apparently some residents

were complaining that old houses from neighbouring cities were being moved to lots in Coquitlam, lowering the value of the new houses in the area.18 In the same year the Coquitlam Board of Trade called for sidewalk construction to deal with the serious safety hazard of students forced to walk to school on the roads. Apparently the Board of Trade was not proposing the cement sidewalks that we think of today, but simply “gravelled walks or paths.”19

Westwood Track - Car Racing

Westwood RaceTrack One noteworthy event occurred on Sunday, July 26, 1959. On that date Westwood Racing Circuit had its first races, with possibly as many as 20,000 Westwood spectators in attendance.20 racetrack, located in what is now the residential subdivision of Westwood Plateau, was built through the volunteer efforts of the Sports Car Club of British Columbia. The club obtained a lease from the provincial government and operated the track for over thirty years until it closed in 1990, when the government decided to sell the land to private developers for residential housing. The track was paved and included control towers, clubhouse, viewer stands and a concession stand.

The 1950s and 1960s

Westminster or Port Moody.16

The racetrack, which was roughly heart shaped, included a hill known as “Deer’s Leap.” Cresting the hill, more than one driver encountered a wild animal, such as a deer and sometimes even a bear! The races included big national and even international competitions, including the Player’s Pacific and the Pepsi Pro. Traditionally, the final race of the year was a 7-hour endurance race. Thousands of drivers 111

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