Sports Fields & Field Closures
The City of Port Coquitlam maintains 16 sand and soil-based sports fields, 2 artificial turf fields, 1 artificial warm-up field and 23 ball fields. Scroll down for information about requesting a field rental.
The sports field inventory consists of both City and School District #43 owned fields that are maintained by City staff. Working together, along with sport user groups, the City is committed to providing safe, quality sport surfaces for year-round use.
In order to keep the City’s sports fields in optimum condition, proper maintenance, play management and continued cooperation between the City, School District #43 and sport users is essential.
Prior to booking a sports field, local sport organizations must have:
- A sport-specific COVID-19 Safety Plan that details precautions to be put in place to mitigate the risk of virus exposure or infection, and that has been approved by the group’s board of directors or provincial sport organization.
It is the responsibility of sport groups to remind all participants, coaches, officials and spectators of the guidelines, which include frequent handwashing, limiting and sanitizing shared equipment, physical distancing measures, and ensuring that no one with symptoms attends the sport activity.
User groups will also need to have measures and modifications in place to support public safety, such as focusing on drills and skill building, limiting touch points, and ensuring physical distancing. Every organization must operate within provincial health restrictions. All users should continue to take individual precautions and stay home if sick.
Soccer Fields Status: Monday January 2, 2021 - Fields Open, Will monitor weather and update if conditions deteriorate.
Ball Fields Status: Monday January 25, 2021 - Fields Open, Will monitor weather and update if conditions deteriorate.
Unsafe field conditions caused by poor weather are the primary reason for sportsfield closures. Experience has shown that most turf damage occurs with field overuse or use during inclement weather.
If your home field is damaged as a result of play, during inclement weather the City may not be able to provide an alternative facility. Thus it is in everyone’s interest to ensure that fields are not used when play damages the playing surface. In order to meet the demand for high quality fields and to ensure a safe playing field both weather and field conditions are regularly monitored to ensure that scheduled games do not:
- Cause abnormal damage to the field surface
- Jeopardize further scheduled use of fields
- Compromise personal safety of league players or general public
When a field is closed, it is the responsibility of sport team coaches to ensure that the field is not played upon. Any teams confirmed playing on the field may forfeit the right to play on that field for the remainder of the season.
Field Closure Procedure
Fields are inspected daily on weekends between September and March and weekly throughout the rest of the year by the City’s Park Turf Technicians. If any of the following conditions occur, fields may be temporarily or permanently closed.
- Standing water on field
- Snow pack
- Frozen field
- Ongoing field repair
- Periods of forecasted severe weather warnings
Field Open – Coach’s Responsibilities
Although fields may be open for play, weather and field conditions may deteriorate by game time. In these situations, it is the responsibility of field users to determine whether or not to resume play. Coaches are asked to avoid high use areas near the goals when using fields for practices, and to not practice on wet fields.
User Discretion – Coach’s Responsibilities
With user discretion we have empowered the user to make common sense decisions on game day time about whether or not to cancel an event on their field. We ask that if there is frozen conditions or standing water on any area of the field or it is too wet to play, to postpone and re-schedule the event. If you have to postpone an event on a field, email firstname.lastname@example.org to advise of the postponed date.
Beginning April 6, 2020, the City of Port Coquitlam will provide a mix of outdoor sport field goals to accommodate a variety of sports, including:
- Mini soccer goals
- Regulation sized soccer goals
- Field hockey goals
- Lacrosse goals
For safety concerns and to cut down on unauthorized play that damages the goal areas, we have started using more portable goals, which are easy to move and secure after games/practices.
For this system to work, everyone must help to make sure the goals are locked up and put away after practices/games. It is the responsibility of ALL user groups to ensure the goals are properly secured.
Parks staff supply chains, locks and keys. Keys can be picked up from the Recreation office at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre, 2150 Wilson Ave on the second floor across from the library Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. Please call 604-927-7900 for any other information.
If you wish to reserve a field, fill out a Field Request Form. Staff will endeavor to answer your request within 2-3 business days.
Field or Park Maintenance Inquiries
For field or park maintenance inquiries, contact:
Weekdays: (Mon – Fri)
7 am – 3:30 pm – 604.927.5496
3:30 pm – 7 am – 604.657.1380 / 604.916.4587
Weekends: (Sat/Sun and Stat holidays)