With summer fast approaching and the province slowly opening up, indoor pools are still some time away. So here is a list of outdoor pools and splash pads residents can visit:
Port Dalhousie Pool: Opens June 12, and is open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Lincoln Park Pool: Opens June 12 will operate 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.
Lion Dunc Schooley Pool: Opens June 30, operational hours are TBA.
On opening day, all pools will open at noon. Visitors are required to complete COVID19 test screening for entry. Masks are required while inside the facility and change rooms, but not while showering or swimming, exemptions apply for those with medical conditions or children under five. A physical distance of 2 metres must be maintained at all times.
Splash pads across the city, including Bogart Street Park Splash Pad, Catherine Street Park Splash Pad, Pearson Park Splash Pad and West Park Splash Pad are already open and operating from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., but hours for all splash pads will be adjusted to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 12.
Parents or guardians must supervise children at all times while using the splash pads, Dogs are not permitted on pool decks or splash pads.
For a full list of rules, reservations and specialized swim times, visit the city of St. Catharines website.
Richmond Street Community pool: Opens June 24, and operates weekday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Access to pools is by registration only. Residents are required to preregister online or over the phone and will be screened on the phone and again in person. Arriving without registration does not guarantee pool access. Visitors are to be masked inside the facility, but not the pool, and maintain physical distance. Swimmers are to come ‘pool-ready’ as change room access is limited to washroom only.
Splash pads including McAdam Park, McMillan Park, Port Robinson Park, South Confederation Park and Sullivan Park are already open and operational from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Parents/ Guardians are responsible for supervising children. Splash pads are limited to the number of people that can safely socially distance by three meters, which means currently no more than 10 persons should be in the splash pad area at any time. Gathering with members outside your household at the Splash Pad is prohibited.
For a full list of rules, registration, reservations and any other pool/splash pad inquiries, visit the city of Thorold website.
Buck Hinsperger Pool, E.E. Mitchelson Pool, F H Leslie Pool, Lions Pool, Prince Charles Pool will all open on June 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and in some cases 8 p.m.
As part of COVID19 protocols, screening is required for entry, face coverings are to be worn in the facility and on the pool deck, but not in the pool. Lockers and showers will not be available at the facility and physical distancing is to be maintained.
Splash pads at Chippawa Lions Park, EE Mitchelson Park, FH Leslie Park, MacBain Community Centre, Niagara Falls Lions Park, Patrick Cummings Memorial Complex and Prince Charles Park are already open and operational from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Visitors are expected to maintain physical distancing and stay at home if they are feeling unwell.
Grimsby Lions Community Pool: Opens June 26. The pool will be open evenings only (6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) on weekdays and 11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. until July 2. As of July 3, the pool will be open 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and the weekend times will remain unchanged.
Access to the pool is my appointment only and appointments can be made online or over the phone. As part of COVID-19 protocols, the maximum number of visitors at the pool any time is 43, masks are required at all times when not in the pool and change room access is limited to washroom only.
For appointments, or to see scheduling and a full list of COVID-19 protocols, visit the town of Grimsby website.
Peach King Center splash pad: Open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
As of right now, no explicit rules have been set by the town in relation to splash pad COVID-19 protocols, however pending further information updates on the town’s website, that is subject to change.
Allan F. Gretsinger Pool: Opens June 12 and will be open 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Jordan Lions Pool: Is confirmed to be open soon, but a date and schedule is yet to be set.
With COVID-19 protocols in place, change rooms and access to change areas will not be available, pool equipment will be limited and swim times have been shortened and max pool capacity has been limited.
Hilary Bald Park Splash Pad, Jordan Lions Park Splash Pad and Angelina Prokich Park are all open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Sunday.
For a full list of schedules, reservations and COVID-19 regulations, visit the town of Lincoln website.
West Lincoln Community Centre splash pad is open every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The splash pad is currently limited to 16 users at a time and visitors are encouraged to keep a physical distance of 2 metres as part of COVID-19 regulations.
For more information, visit the township of West Lincoln website.
Memorial Park Niagara pool: Opens June 19, 20, 26 to 30, July 1, 2 and operates weekends 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours will change on July 3, when the pool will stay open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday, until Labour Day.
St. Davids Lions Park pool: Opens June 28 and will operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until September 3.
Simcoe Park Wading pool: Opens June 26 and will remain open until Labour Day and run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Centennial Sports Park splash pad: Open Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
All swimmers will be screened for COVID-19 upon arrival, face coverings are expected to be worn while in the building, only a limited number of swimmers will be allowed to swim at one time (limit TBA) and registration for all private or semi private swim lessons must be done online.
For further information on regulations, registration and scheduling, visit the town of NOTL website.
Lakeview Park H.H. Knoll: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Labour Day, at which point it will only be open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Though there are no set COVID-19 regulations from the city website, signage on location will indicate such.
For more information, visit of the City of Port Colborne website.
Outdoor swimming pools and relating COVID-19 regulations have not been announced by the city of Welland as of yet.
Chippawa Park, Glenwood Park, Memorial Park and Maple Park splash pads are open and operational from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information and updated information on when pools are set to open, visit the city of Welland website.
Pelham Public Pool: Opens June 12 and will be open on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekends from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. On July 5, the pool will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.
Free swim is not an option and in order to ‘family swim’, visitors are to call the pool ahead of time to book a section of the pool off for 45 minutes and bring a maximum party of 10 people. Swimmers will be screened upon arrival, pool house and change rooms are closed to the public and washrooms near the skate park are open. Patrons must shower before entering the pool deck and are expecting to show up already in bathing suits. The pool slide has been decommissioned for the duration of the summer and reservations can be made online or over the phone.
For more information, visit the town of Pelham website.
Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News