Town of Oakville opening splash pads and select pools

 

The Town of Oakville will be opening splash pads and select pools within the next few weeks.

All 19 splash pads will be open to the public Friday (June 26), while Wedgewood and Falgarwood outdoor pools, and Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre’s (QEPCCC) indoor pool will open Monday, July 13 for recreational swims and private lessons only.

The move follows the announcement of Stage 2 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening the Province.

As a swimmer, I know how important our pools are to residents and we know the reopening of splash pads will put a smile on many young faces, too,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

We proactively consulted public health authorities about pools and splash pads and are opening these with the health and safety of the community in mind.”

Reduced-capacity length and leisure swims will be offered in shortened times to maximize access, said the town. Customers will be asked a verbal health questionnaire before entering the pool.

In compliance with guidelines for opening aquatic facilities in this phase, change rooms and access to change areas will not be available. Swimmers are also being encouraged to shower at home in advance.

Washrooms will remain open. 

Equipment will not be available for use with the exception of lifejackets which will be disinfected between users. All swimmers will be asked to leave the facilities after their swimming time to allow for thorough cleaning between swim times.

Physical distancing of 6-feet is still required, said the Town of Oakville.

I encourage residents to continue to follow all health protocols while using these amenities including following physical distancing and proper handwashing,” concluded Mayor Burton. “And, stay home if you are not well. Let’s continue to flatten the curve.”

Starting July 6, residents can pre-book their swim times online.

Admission will be $4 for seniors and youth, and $5 for adults and must be paid online prior to every scheduled swim as cash will not be accepted on-site. Activity passes and fitness memberships will not be accepted in July or August as memberships have been cancelled or extended until full operations can safely resume. Pool rentals will also not be permitted.

Meanwhile, all previous Leadership participants for spring and summer sessions will receive an email about available programming and how to register, according to the town.

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