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Coquitlam sports facility reopens after months of renovations

The rubber track and artificial turf playing field have been closed since last spring
The track at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam is open again after being closed since last spring to allow crews to replace its rubber surface as well as the artificial turf field.

The running track and playing field at Coquitlam's Percy Perry Stadium are open again.

The facility in Town Centre Park reopened Wednesday, Nov. 1, after months of work to replace the rubber running track and artificial turf field.

Both were more than 10 years old, according to Coquitlam Parks manager Kathleen Reinheimer.

While the grandstand remained open during the refreshment project, user groups like the Coquitlam Cheetahs track and field club had to go elsewhere.

The Terry Fox Ravens high school varsity football team was also displaced, playing most of its home games at Centennial Secondary's new turf field on Winslow Avenue.

But they'll be able to return to familiar environs Friday, Nov. 3, for the annual Coquitlam Cup crosstown showdown against the Centaurs. Game time is 7 p.m.

The stadium opened in 1991, in time for the BC Summer Games. Since then its hosted many prominent events including the annual Highland Games, the Harry Jerome Track and Field Classic as well as Coastal Cup soccer, Canadian field lacrosse championships and dozens of local and district track meets every year.

The facility is named for the late coach of the Cheetahs, Percy Perry, who competed for Trinidad’s national soccer team when he was younger.

During Perry’s tenure with the Cheetahs, five of his athletes went on to compete for Canada at the Olympics, including his daughter, Tara Self.