Cooling Centres are Open Thursday, July 29 - Monday, Aug. 1
After a Heat Warning was issued yesterday by Environment Canada, and as the region experiences higher temperatures into the weekend, the City is providing cooling centres at the following facilities for the public to drop in:
Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex (633 Poirier Street) Thursday - 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday – 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and Saturday – 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Glen Pine Pavilion (1200 Glen Pine Court) Thursday - 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday – 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday - 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Monday - 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Both locations offer free parking and can accommodate pets.
Almost all other City facilities are also open to the public and will welcome anyone looking to get out of the heat during their existing operating hours.
Temperatures are forecast to cool down early next week, and cooling centres will close and revert to regular services and hours.
More Ways to Stay Cool
Residents needing relief from the heat are also encouraged to visit other cooled public spaces, such as Coquitlam Public Library (575 Poirier St. and 1169 Pinetree Way), Coquitlam Centre, neighbourhood community organizations, or support local restaurants and businesses who have air conditioned spaces.
Eagle Ridge and Spani outdoor pools are currently open through pre-registration. Register here.
Coquitlam’s spray park hours are currently extended from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. until the evening of Sunday, Aug. 1. Visit one of our nine spray parks:
Blue Mountain Spray Park (975 King Albert Ave.)
Burns Park Spray Park (802 Edgar Ave.)
Cottonwood Spray Park (672 Aspen St.)
Galloway Spray Park (3404 Galloway Ave.)
Mackin Spray Park (1046 Brunette Ave.)
Norm Staff Spray Park (3320 David Ave.)
Panorama Spray Park (1485 Johnson St.)
Rochester Spray Park (1390 Rochester Ave.)
Town Centre Spray Park (1299 Pinetree Way)
There are also many parks throughout the community with shaded areas and urban forest shade. To find park locations near you, visit our Park Finder.
Staying Safe During a Heat Wave
Excessive heat can be dangerous to your health and the health of your loved ones – follow these tips to help keep cool and ensure the safety of others:
Seek out cool indoor spaces such as cooling centres, air conditioned businesses and community organizations;
Avoid strenuous activities or exercise during the daytime when the weather is hottest;
Wear light clothing and a hat when in direct sun;
Stay hydrated – alcohol-free, caffeine-free and sugar-free drinks are best;
Seek shelter in shaded areas such as parks and trails;
Check on those at risk – ensure elderly neighbours and those with accessibility challenges or chronic illnesses are not showing signs of heat related illness, and get them to a cool space or seek medical attention if required;
Offer pets plenty of water and ways to stay cool, such as a cool damp towel to lay on; and
Never leave pets or children in enclosed vehicles, even with windows open or in the shade.
More tips and information on how to recognize symptoms of heat-related illness and heatstroke are available from Fraser Health at www.fraserhealth.ca.
When temperatures reach high levels and pose risks to vulnerable populations in the community, cooling centres may be opened for the public to visit and escape the heat. When cooling centres are activated, the public is notified of locations and hours through public service advisories, website updates, and social media.