Walkerton's Centennial Pool is open for the season

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WALKERTON – After a less-than-busy opening day on Saturday, June 25, due to stormy weather, the number of people using the pool has been steadily increasing.

Please note that as of press time, COVID restrictions were in place, as per the municipal website – Brockton.ca/swimming.

The number of swimmers is restricted. A maximum of 10 people per recreational swim will be permitted. Pre-registration is required.

Numbers for swimming lessons have been reduced. Instructors will enter the water only to demonstrate skills or for emergency response.

Swimmers should arrive no sooner than five minutes before the swim or program; change rooms will not be available, so swim attire should be on. Face masks are required in all areas of the pool facility where distancing isn’t possible. There’ll be a designated area on the pool deck where belongings can be placed.

Washrooms are available as needed.

The summer schedule includes public swims daily 2-2:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m., Wednesday evening 7:15-8 p.m. and weekends 1-1:45 p.m. There are lane swims at 8 a.m. Tuesdays, and noon on Saturdays. Swimming lessons take place in the mornings and late afternoons.

The pool is in great shape after last summer’s work.

With regret, council made the decision not to open the pool for the season last year. At the time, no one knew where COVID restrictions were headed, and the pool required maintenance work.

In August 2020, council approved a staff report calling for acceptance of a tender for restoration of the pool in the amount of $133,480 plus HST for the restoration (resurfacing) of the entire pool basin (bottom, walls, top edge).

Staff used the closure of the pool to research restoration options that would provide a better and longer-lasting finish than the traditional tile and paint finish.

The result can be seen on your next visit to the pool – bright, durable and attractive. Other pool work deferred from the 2020 budget to the 2021 budget was done in May.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times

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