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Vandals torch Coquitlam park washroom on the eve of a busy long weekend

Cost to repair the men's washroom after Thursday's fire at Percy Perry Stadium estimated to be 'thousands of dollars,' says facilities manager
Coquitlam park washroom shut due to arson Janis Cleugh photo
The men's washroom in the concession building at Percy Perry Stadium is shut due to arson.

A fire in the men's washroom at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam has shut down the facility for at a least week while works crews repair 'thousands of dollars' worth of damage.

Kevan Cornes, manager of facilities, said vandals trashed the men's washroom Thursday evening (May 20) and lit a small fire that drew a response from Coquitlam firefighters.

He estimated the damage to the men's washroom to be in the "thousands of dollars" in mostly cosmetic repairs.

The damage sent parks staff scrambling to clean up the mess and locate an accessible portable men's toilet that will be installed in the park Saturday morning.

Cornes said he didn't want park-goers to be without services as the water park was set to open Saturday (May 22).

Work crews got the smoke cleaned out of the woman's washroom so it could open Friday afternoon (May 21).

Town Centre Park where Percy Perry Stadium is located is expected to be busy on the Victoria Day long weekend, with warm temperatures expected for Saturday.

It's not known who did the damage, but Cornes said the file is with the Coquitlam RCMP.