Grande Prairie outdoor pool celebrate 60 years

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Muskoseepi park's pool will celebrate 60 years of service to the community on July 16.

The city is offering free public swimming on the 16th, along with hourly giveaways and a large 1960s-themed prize pack.

“The facility is a summer staple for recreation and plays in Grande Prairie, and we look forward to celebrating the next 60 years,” said Mayor Jackie Clayton.

The pool opened in July 1962 and was called the Bear Creek Pool. According to the city, it saw 55,000 visitors in its first summer of operation.

During last week’s Community Services meeting (July 5), city coun. Grant Berg thanked previous councils for saving the pool with its decision to restore instead of replacing it.

“I love that mid-century modern architecture, and I just see the value in having an outdoor pool.”

Since 1962, the pool has seen renovations.

In 2013, the pool received the addition of a tots pool, zero beach, Spanish steps, lily islands, a waterslide and a green space.

A new change this year is the rise in temperature of the pool's water which the city says will make it more comfortable for all ages.

Although admission to the pool will be free this Saturday, donations will be accepted for Rising Above Aquatics. A barbecue will be available from noon to 9:30 p.m.

The city is asking guests to follow the time slots for public swimming, which allows time for cleaning in between each slot.

Time slots for the pool are two hours long, with opening times at noon, 2:30 p.m.,5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

“Visitors are encouraged to come to the outdoor pool at the beginning of a new time slot as the outdoor pool is drop-in only, and spaces are limited,” said the city.

The city is giving away free pool passes on its social media pages as part of the celebrations.

Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News

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