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City of Kitchener announces more public pools reopening

Forest Heights Pool and Lyle Hallman Pool will open on August 10
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Two children, one wearing a blue swim cap and the other a pink swim cap, smile while swimming in a public indoor pool. Stock photo.

The City of Kitchener has announced two more pools will be open to the public to enjoy this summer.

Starting Monday, Forest Heights Pool and Lyle Hallman Pool will be opened after new guidelines were added to promote social distancing. 

“We are pleased to make more City pools available for residents to enjoy,” said Ward 1 Councillor, Scott Davey, in the release.  “As we continue to reopen recreational facilities, we’ve kept the health of visitors and staff top of mind.”

According to a release from the city, visitors will have limited access to changerooms, with participants expected to be showered and dressed for the pool before arrival. Visitors will also not be allowed to access lockers, saunas, diving boards, slides or viewing galleries while at either pool. 

The city says it will still provide flotation devices and accessibility equipment for residents who need it, and visitors are allowed to bring their own accessibility or fitness equipment. However, visitors cannot bring pool toys to either site. 

Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic says he is pleased by the efforts he has seen from residents maintaining social distancing and COVID-19 safety measures.

“I’m encouraged to see that as a community we’re being respectful of one another and following the necessary health and safety precautions in place, allowing us to continue to slowly and gradually reopen city amenities,” said Vrbanovic in the release. 

“The warm summer weather is here, and we want to be able to have city amenities available for everyone to enjoy.”

To attend either pool, residents must reserve a spot and pay 24-hours in advance on ActiveNet.

For more information about the new guidelines, click here.


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