COQUITLAM, B.C., March 22, 2020 – With the arrival of spring break, Coquitlam is encouraging the public to enjoy the City’s parks and trails while making sure to use them responsibly.
Use of Coquitlam’s park system – which includes 70-plus parks and more than 90 kilometres of trails – has climbed over the past year as people seek out safe outdoor spaces to exercise, relax, socialize with friends and family, and even hold meetings within the current COVID-19 protocols. However, with the added pressure on the City’s parks comes the need for visitors to use the spaces safely, responsibly and courteously.
Park Use Dos and Don’ts
Given the recent amended public health orders allowing outdoor gatherings of up to ten people, Coquitlam encourages responsible use of our public parks and trails to ensure the safe enjoyment of all users. Park visitors are encouraged to:
- Have fun and use the park in creative ways, such as exercising with fewer than ten friends;
- Physically distance from strangers;
- Be considerate of other park users; and
- Clean up after themselves.
When using Coquitlam parks and trails, please don’t:
- Gather in large groups;
- Monopolize large spaces or equipment;
- Play loud music or otherwise disrupt the enjoyment of others;
- Leave your garbage behind; or
- Confront others about whether or not they are physically distancing.
Outdoor Shelters Program
Coquitlam businesses, non-profit organizations and community members can reserve free timeslots at one of six large tents or sheltered areas located in community parks for classes, meetings, or other activities conducted with COVID-19 safety protocols. These temporary shelters provide spaces for businesses and organizations that may be struggling to conduct activities or services indoors. Community members are also free to use them on a first-come basis when they are not reserved. Further details, including locations and reservation schedules are available at www.coquitlam.ca/outdoorshelters.
Because Coquitlam’s parks are provided for the public benefit, City bylaws prohibit private businesses from advertising or operating in them. Only the City’s publicly-sponsored programs are permitted in parks, and businesses using the outdoor shelters should not advertise or solicit business while using the spaces.
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