The City’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Services Department exists to provide residents with opportunities to participate in recreational activities in a safe and positive atmosphere. Each visitor to Park, Recreation and Culture Services facilities is expected to behave or act in a manner that respects the right of others, so that everyone may use and enjoy these facilities, programs and services.
It is understood that organizations utilizing City facilities must take primary responsibility for the behaviour and actions of all persons associated with their program or event.
For further reference, please view the downloadable version of our Code of Conduct Policy (PDF).
These behaviours can be intentional or unintentional and can be between but are not limited to coach to participant, participant to participant, participant to volunteer, spectator to participant, participant to staff. Any inappropriate behaviour is a breach of the Code of Conduct.
Individual(s) and/or organizations that breach the Code of Conduct will be subject to immediate expulsion from the facility at which the breach occurs. In the case of a breach by an organization, staff my take steps to shut down or otherwise make the Parks, Recreation and Culture Services facilities unusable by that organization.
Depending on the severity of the breach, a further suspension from all City facilities for a period of time to be determined by the General Manager Parks, Recreation and Culture Services, or designate, may be imposed in accordance with the Suspension Procedures herein.
Staff who witness a break of the Code of Conduct or to whom a breach is reported shall:
Staff to meet with participant and where participant is under the age of nineteen to include parent(s), and explain Code of Conduct and breach. Ensure that expectations of the Code of Conduct are clear to participant and/or parents(s).
Where a suspension is imposed, the City will advise the participant or organization in writing that the individual or group has the right to appeal the suspension. Having been so advised, the participant my appeal the suspension in writing to the General Manager Parks, Recreation and Culture Services. Upon receiving a written request, staff will arrange a meeting at which the appeal will take place.
The appeal meeting should be attended by:
Where the participant is under nineteen years of age, his or her parent(s), and may be attended by one other person of the participant’s choosing.
A decision on the appeal will not be made during the meeting but will be communicated by staff to the participant in writing within 5 days of the meeting. Where a decision to suspend is reversed by the appeal process, the General Manager Parks, Recreation and Culture Services will ensure that all City facilities are made aware that the suspension has been lifted.
City of Coquitlam Bylaw 3617, 2004 is a bylaw to establish regulations governing the use of Parks and Community Facilities on property owned or held by the City of Coquitlam for recreation or community users.