Three Metropolis of Edmonton out of doors swimming swimming pools opening this week to excessive demand, charges reinstated for the primary time since 2016


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Dustin Cook Cassidy Chugh, 4, cums in the arms of mom Charlotte McGinnis at the Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool in Edmonton on Monday, June 14, 2021 as the pool opens to the public. Bathers have a time limit and must book in advance to gain access to the facility. Photo by Larry Wong /Postal media

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Edmontoners can brave the heat in three outdoor pools starting this week, but for the first time in five years, that will come to the fore for many users.

Queen Elizabeth, Fred Broadstock and Oliver’s outdoor pools are restarting this summer after closing last year due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This time, however, entry is not free for all residents, as has been the case since 2017 on the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Teens 13-17 years of age and seniors over 65 pay $ 7.50 for a one-hour public swim, and adults pay $ 8.50. Children under the age of 12 can still participate for free. Access to the outdoor pool will also be included in monthly and annual recreational memberships. In the first year of free access in 2017, visitors to the outdoor pool more than doubled to 190,000 and cost the city about $ 450,000.

The council has decided to reintroduce fares for people aged 13 and over in outdoor swimming pools and to shorten the season in order to freeze property tax in 2021. The city estimates these measures will save $ 306,000 per year.


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Mill Creek’s outdoor pool will remain closed during the season as it is under renovation and Borden’s newest natural pool is still under consideration. In a statement to Postmedia, city spokesman Christopher Webster said that since the pool does not use any chemicals to clean up, the health and safety risks of COVID-19 are still being reviewed.

“Pools are the most complex because, in addition to being filled with water, they also have to undergo water quality tests and have Alberta Health Services approval to open. This is the usual process for pools and has nothing to do with the pandemic. In addition, we need to have enough lifeguards to ensure the safety of the people who use the pools, “Webster said in a statement. “Since many of our buildings have been closed for some time, we need to call back temporarily laid-off workers and make sure the facilities are ready to be seen by the public. We know many are keen to act faster, but these steps are an important part of getting these complex facilities back online. “

It was already difficult for the residents to book pool time, as most of the slots were already fully booked after they opened on Monday morning. Queen Elizabeth’s outdoor pool opened on Monday in less-than-excellent weather with thunderstorms sweeping the city, but that didn’t affect demand for bookings.

All one-hour public swimming sessions for Monday were booked in the early morning and almost all lap swimming for 30 minutes are booked for the next two weeks. It’s the same high demand in the Kinsmen pool, with most rail bookings already booked for the week. Bookings for the other two outdoor pools to open this week have not yet been accepted.


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The Oliver outdoor pool is slated to open on Tuesday, while Fred Broadstock opens its doors on Saturday. The city is aware that water demand is high and is working to open more pools as soon as possible, Webster said as capacity constraints persist.

In the current reopening phase, outdoor recreational facilities must be two meters apart. Capacity is therefore limited as only six people are allowed for a lap swim session and a maximum of 60 people for a public swim. Users must book a time slot to use recreational facilities in advance.

The indoor pools will also reopen this month, starting with the Kinsmen Sports Center, which opened on Monday. Peter Hemingway, Eastglen, Confederation and the ACT Leisure Center will remain closed for renovation work. The pools in Commonwealth, Bonnie Doon, Jasper Place, Clareview and Mill Woods are slated to open next week.

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