A popular Port Coquitlam Christmas attraction has not been approved this year by the City of Port Coquitlam due to safety concerns.
The holiday spirit has taken a hit in the Tri-Cities.
The Art Knapp in Port Coquitlam has shut down its holiday train amusement park after the city threatened to pull its business licence.
Fire Chief Nick Delmonico says the city has been in a battle with the owner for over a year. “They have been doing events on the property for a couple of years now. We’ve been working with them since the inception of that to try to correct them. It’s kind of culminated in the position we’re in right now.”
“There’s a number of permitting issues,” he explained. There’s a number of fire code safety violations — running gas-type engines in confined spaces and around flammables, and different things of that nature.”
The City of Port Coquitlam is responding to news about the closure of the holiday train amusement park at Art Knapp.
Our intention is not to damper the holiday spirit by closing a popular holiday-time attractions for the community, but our top priority is and must be public safety.
The City has been trying to work with Art Knapp to address a number of BC Fire Code and Building Code violations in order to reduce the life and safety concerns on the property.
As our concerns have not been addressed, the City requested the owner to close Funland and all other special events, including the holiday train amusement park until the code violations have been addressed and the relevant bylaws have been followed.
However, after seeing advertisements that Art Knapp would be operating a holiday train amusement park on the property, the City advised Art Knapp that their business licence would be suspended if they continued to operate the holiday train amusement park.
As many issues currently remain unresolved, Council will also be reconvening the Section 57 Public Hearing next month. The Section 57 process indicates that the City has information regarding work constructed without permit. The hearing was previously held in April 2017; however Council deferred taking this action and directed the owner to work with the City over the last year to resolve the issues.
The City remains committed to continue to work with the owner to address safety concerns.
PORT COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) – The holiday spirit has taken a hit in the Tri-Cities. The Art Knapp in Port Coquitlam has shut down its holiday train amusement park after the city threatened to pull its business licence. Fire Chief Nick Delmonico says the city has been in a battle with the owner for over a year.