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The 'wading' is over: Port Coquitlam reopening two wading pools with COVID-19 protocols

Young families will be able to enjoy summer swimming with their children as the city implements an advanced booking process to ensure safety and equal time for everyone.
Sun Valley Park Wading pool - City of Port Coquitlam
Port Coquitlam is opening its wading pools on June 18, 2021, with COVID-19 protocols in place for the first time since 2019, like the one seen here in Sun Valley Park.

Young families will soon have another way to enjoy the outdoors as summer nears.

Starting tomorrow (June 18), Port Coquitlam is set to open its two wading pools for the first time since 2019 — and one week earlier than in a normal year — after the COVID-19 pandemic forced their closure in meeting with provincial health orders.

Sun Valley and Routley parks will still follow the current guidelines for outdoor gatherings, and that will include a free registration system for everyone that wishes to use the pools.

Mayor Brad West says based on B.C.'s restart plan currently in Step Two, it's important to have options for residents looking for activities that have safety precautions.

"This is a fantastic and free way to cool off this summer and I know, first hand from my family, how popular they are," he explains in a news release.

"Our staff have been busy getting our outdoor pools, spray parks and amenities ready for the community to enjoy a summer of fun and healthy activities. Watch for more opportunities to roll out in the days and weeks ahead."

The first week of bookings will include a 45-minute swimming slot, which will be weather-permitting.

However, it's set to increase to one hour each starting June 26 when outdoor pool season is expected to begin.

There'll also be a limit of 14 people per slot; if children under two years of age are with an accompanying adult, that counts as one entry, the city says.

"We know everyone is yearning to get back to the activities they used to enjoy, while still wanting to stay safe," adds Coun. Steve Darling in the same statement, who's also the council liaison for recreation.

"We can assure residents that the public’s safety will continue to be top-of-mind as we gradually reintroduce programs and services."

Additionally, the city is asking interested residents to follow physical distancing guidelines at each pool, sanitize hands frequently and stay home if they're sick or show symptoms of COVID-19.

Hours for the two wading pools in the next two weeks are as follows:

Routley Park

  • June 18 to 25
    • 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
  • June 26 and beyond
    • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sun Valley Park

  • June 18 to 25
    • 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • June 26 and beyond
    • 1 to 6 p.m.

Registration will be open as early as one week in advance

For more information, you're encouraged to visit the pools page on the city of Port Coquitlam's website.