Coquitlam residents in search of a cool place to work and rest indoors have two civic facilities to choose from during the heat wave.
Today (Monday), the municipality opened these two hubs as cooling centres:
- Pinetree Community Centre (1260 Pinetree Way) from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Glen Pine Pavilion (1200 Glen Pine Crt.) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Parking is free at the venues on Monday and Tuesday; more days for cooling centres will be added if the mercury stays high.
COVID-19 health protocols (i.e., face masks and physical distancing) apply for public indoor facilities.
As well, the two branches of the Coquitlam Public Library — City Centre (1169 Pinetree Way) and Poirier (575 Poirier St.) — will also be available for residents looking for respite.
And the outdoor public pools will be open although pre-registration is required via coquitlam.ca.
Coquitlam’s spray park hours will also be extended from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The nine are:
- Blue Mountain Park
- Burns Park
- Cottonwood Park
- Galloway Park
- Mackin Park
- Norm Staff Park
- Panorama Park
- Rochester Park
- Town Centre Park
For forest shade, visit coquitlam.ca/facilities to find an area close to you.
The city of Coquitlam offers the following tips to beat the heat:
- avoid strenuous activities or exercise during the daytime
- wear light clothing and a hat when in direct sun
- keep hydrated
- seek shade
- check on those at risk especially elderly neighbours and those with accessibility challenges or chronic illnesses
- offer pets plenty of water and ways to stay cool such as a cool damp towel to lay on
- don’t leave pets in vehicles
- visit cooled public spaces