The city of Coquitlam will be keeping its outdoor swimming pools and spray parks open until the end of September amid high demand and a spike in temperatures that prompted Environment Canada to issue a Special Weather Statement Tuesday morning.
“Daytime maximum temperatures are forecast to be 5 to 10 degrees above seasonal on Wednesday and Thursday,” noted the national weather agency Sept. 8.
“Reduce your heat risk” and “drink plenty of water” recommended Environment Canada. And if that’s not enough, you can now hit up the city of Coquitlam’s pre-registered swimming sessions until Sept. 27.
Both Eagle Ridge Outdoor Pools (2689 Guildford Way) and the city’s nine spray parks are included in the extended swimming schedule, though Spani Outdoor Pool closed Monday, Sept. 7, as a public engagement component of a massive pool upgrade gets underway.
Both length swimmers and families looking to get in the water will still need to pre-register for the 40 minute sessions. Each session is followed by 20 minutes of cleaning in line with the provincial health and safety guidelines.
For length swimmers, up to four people will be allowed in a double lane starting 7 a.m. Monday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. on the weekends. Family sessions are available at select times and can include from two to six people of the same household in a double lane.
Admission runs from $2 per individual or $4 for a family session, paid when you book your time slot at www.coquitlam.ca/registration. Registration will open 24 hours in advance of a swimming session.
Find more information about the city’s spray parks and how it’s working to stem transmission of COVID-19 at www.coquitlam.ca/outdoorpools.
Indoor swimming sessions are now also available at the city-run Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex and City Centre Aquatic Complex.
Recreational activities — including at city rec centres and skating rinks — began in August. More information on how to take part and how to keep yourself safe can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/registration.