Coquitlam city parks and trails are becoming outdoor social spaces for thousands of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every day people are outside enjoying a picnic, a walk, a cycle or a few reflective moments.
But being outdoors doesn’t mean they have to give up Wi-Fi service, thanks to a city initiative to provide free Wi-Fi service.
This summer Coquitlam is announcing that free Wi-Fi is available at dozens of parks and public amenities across the city, meaning people can stay connected while they enjoy nature and a break from their daily lives.
Now there are 32 Wi-Fi spots in the city, with one more coming this year.
The free Wi-Fi allows Coquitlam residents to get outdoors while staying socially connected and being able to access information, such as the free CoquitlamSPIRIT programs, the upcoming online Canada Day event and City services through the CoquitlamConnect app.
Locations of Coquitlam’s free Wi-Fi can be found on the CoquitlamConnect app and on an online map.
A major expansion of the network has taken place in 2019 and 2020 as part of a two-year plan to double the number of public Wi-Fi locations in the City.
The network now includes 20 Wi-Fi spots in central Coquitlam, including:
• Eagle Ridge Outdoor Pool
• Coquitlam Crunch
• City Hall
• City Centre Aquatic Centre
• Glen Pine Pavilion near Spirit Square
• Pinetree Community Centre
• Evergreen Cultural Centre
•Town Centre Park in 13 locations, including the fields at the north end, Percy Perry Stadium, sport and tennis courts, skate park, spray park, the Inspiration Garden, the Innovation Centre and around the TD Community Plaza.
Another ten spots can be found in the southern part of the city, including:
• Poirier Sport & Leisure Centre
• Poirier Community Centre and Dogwood Pavilion
• Spani Outdoor Pool
• Mundy Park Field House
• Austin Service Centre and Animal Shelter
• Blue Mountain Park
• Cottonwood Park
• Como Lake Park
• Mackin Park north and the park’s concession buildingRochester Park has also been added and is scheduled for completion by the end of this year.
Wi-Fi hot spots in the north-east sector, include:
• Victoria Park/Community Hall
•Smiling Creek Park
• Queenston Park