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Percy Perry Stadium closing soon as Coquitlam finishes track, field upgrades

The Coquitlam facility's grandstand, washrooms and neighbouring fields will remain open during construction, due to be completed in "fall 2023."
Percy Perry Stadium at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam will be closing "mid-May" for several months so workers can finish replacing the rubber track and artificial turf field.

Tri-Cities residents who like to get their 10,000 steps a day at Percy Perry Stadium have about a week left to use its track.

Coquitlam is scheduled to close the outdoor recreation facility "from mid-May until fall" to complete planned upgrades to the amenities.

The projects began in October, but it's since remained open for public use.

This time, the full closure is so workers can replace the entire rubber track, as well as the artificial turf field, marking the first improvements for Percy Perry Stadium in 12 years.

"The track and field facilities were last upgraded in 2011 and the artificial turf sports field in the centre of the track is more than 10 years old and is due for a replacement," said Kathleen Reinheimer, Coquitlam parks manager, in a statement.

"This work will ensure that the track and field amenities remain of a high standard and will allow Percy Perry Stadium to continue to be Coquitlam's preeminent sports hosting venue."

Reinheimer added the city plans to finish the track and turf field improvements at the same time later this year, and noted its main tenant, the Coquitlam Cheetahs Track and Field Club, will be accommodated at other facilities during the project.

No exact or estimated date of completion was immediately provided in the City of Coquitlam release.

Meanwhile, the stadium's neighbouring Town Centre Park facilities are set to stay open during construction, including Mobilio and Fridge fields, the changing rooms and washrooms.

The covered grandstand will also be open for residents' leisure or fitness activities.

Coquitlam encourages dedicated fast-walkers, joggers and runners to visit the indoor track at Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St.) as an alternative in addition to Town Centre Park's walking loops.

Percy Perry Stadium opened in 1991, named in 2006 in honour of the late legend from Trinidad and Tobago who coached the Cheetahs. He died of cancer in 2005.

Features that surround the track include areas for throwing, long- and high-jump competitions, allowing it to host roughly 20 meets every year, the city said.