Hudson's Hope plans for a long weekend opening of its outdoor pool. The pool is planned to open May 23, and life guards are finishing up their certifications and orientations this week.
Admission is still by reservation only with a maximum limit of 25 people allowed at any time. Mayor Dave Heiberg says fortunately the situation is different this year, with pools open in Fort St John, Dawson Creek, and Chetwynd.
The Hudson’s Hope pool is the only outdoor pool in the North Peace, and was the only pool open in the Peace last summer, with access prioritized for locals first.
“Right now we’re focused on getting the pool open,” said Mayor Dave Heiberg. “Last year we were the only pool open, so there was a lot of pressure on us.”
Guards will finish their certifications this week, said Heiberg, and lifeguards will attend orientation Saturday, all hands on deck to prep the waters.
“This year we’ve really been struggling to get some lifeguards in place. Our corporate officer has been working really hard to get folks trained to the point where they can actually be on deck,” said Heiberg.
Hudson's Hope has long relied on youth to staff the pool, residents who’ve gone away for university or college but return in the summer months.
“It’s one of those cycles we’ve hit where our senior guards have graduated from university and they’re off doing their thing,” said Heiberg.
Call the pool for more info and to register a swim time.
Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News