Metropolis of Toronto opening three extra out of doors swimming pools for out of doors pool season – Metropolis of Toronto

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press release

July 28, 2022

This upcoming long weekend, Toronto residents can enjoy 55 outdoor pools across the city, including the Donald D. Summerville Leisure Pool and Plunge Pool, which reopens tomorrow, Friday, July 29th. Critical repairs to the plunge pool and 25 meter recreational pool have been completed and recreational swimming will resume tomorrow.

The Amesbury Sports Complex will also reopen for recreational and lane swimming on Tuesday 2nd August. Following repairs to the Riverdale Park East pool, it will reopen for both recreational and lane swimming on Thursday, August 4th, with swimming lessons beginning Monday, August 8th. During preparations for these pools to open in June, staff discovered damaged liners and other mechanical issues that needed urgent repairs before the pools could safely open to the public.

To ensure Toronto residents can make the most of the reopened facilities, the City of Toronto is extending swimming season for the Donald D. Summerville Pool, Riverdale Park East Pool and Amesbury Sports Complex through Sunday, September 11. More outdoor pools are currently scheduled to close on Sunday 4th September and Monday 5th September.

City swimming beaches, paddling pools and wading pools throughout Toronto are open on Bank Holiday Monday and throughout the Bank Holiday weekend. Indoor pools and community centers will remain closed on August 1st Citizens Day. The closures are common on all public holidays. More information can be found here.

The city began opening its outdoor pools on June 18, and all remaining pools opened on June 30, except for those that needed repairs. All available outdoor pools are now open daily through the end of Labor Day, September 4th. Some pools have extended hours during heat warnings. Local residents visiting the city’s outdoor pools are reminded that:

  • Supervision and/or swimming ability requirements apply to children under the age of 10 in all of the city’s outdoor pools.
  • Outdoor recreational swimming is free for all ages and reservations are not required.
  • The outdoor lane swim is free and open to swimmers aged seven and over to continuously swim lengths or widths.
  • Caregivers should supervise children at all times.
  • Bathers should listen to the lifeguards on duty.

Reservations are only possible for lap swimming and aquafit. New reservation spaces are released on Thursday mornings at 8am for the following Monday through Sunday.

Visit the city’s pool closures and service alerts website for more information.

Media inquiries about filming outdoor pools can be accepted through Labor Day at the following locations:

  • Alex Duff Memorial Outdoor Pool, 779 Crawford St.
  • McGregor Park Outdoor Pool, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E
  • Monarch Park Outdoor Pool, 115 Felstead Ave.
  • Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W

These designated locations allow media to film from the pool deck without having to call ahead. Media access is only permitted at these locations and media must follow instructions from on-site staff.

Quotes:

“I want all of the outdoor pools to be open all summer long for families to enjoy and it’s great to have 55 outdoor pools open this weekend. I would like to thank the staff for working to repair and reopen these three outdoor pools as quickly as possible, giving residents even more outdoor swimming opportunities for the remainder of the summer.”
– Mayor John Tory

“It’s important to keep our facilities in good working order so the city can provide residents with a variety of free and affordable recreational opportunities year-round.”

– Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre), Chairman of the Economic and Community Development Committee

“From outdoor pools to beaches to paddling and paddling pools, the city offers a variety of outdoor water play opportunities for residents of all ages throughout Toronto. Thank you to the city staff for your diligence and efforts to reopen these pools.”
– Councilor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee

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