COQUITLAM, B.C., Dec. 29, 2021 – Coquitlam park users are asked to stay off of local lakes and ponds as the ice is too thin and there is a severe safety risk.
Despite current weather conditions and the fact that the lakes appear frozen, the ice is not thick enough to safely support people. Ice stability can be very deceptive, with conditions impacted by shade from trees, water turbidity and currents. By being on the ice people put themselves, others and local first responders at a safety risk.
The City of Coquitlam has signs posted notifying people that they must stay off of the ice; however, these signs are primarily a reminder as the City generally does not permit entering upon, walking, ice skating, cycling, driving or any other access upon a body of water that is frozen in any City park.
Be Winter Wise
Coquitlam’s Winter Wise program kicks into gear each winter to minimize the impact of snow, ice, storms and colder temperatures. While the City works to keep roads safe and reduce service disruptions, residents are encouraged to do their part. For more information, or for City updates during winter weather events, visit www.coquitlam.ca/winterwise or follow the City on Facebook or Twitter.