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Bring on the hot weather – outdoor pools open this weekend

May 14 2015

“The Park Board is improving the swimming experience by installing windbreaks next week at both Kitsilano and Second Beach pools,” said Chair John Coupar.

Kitsilano Pool in Vancouver

Starting this Victoria Day long weekend, the city’s outdoor pools and beaches will open, and lifeguards and park rangers will be on duty.

The heated seaside pools at Kitsilano Beach Park, Second Beach in Stanley Park, and New Brighton Park open Saturday, May 16. Swimmers often line-up to be the first in.

Vancouver’s outdoor pools operate through the Labour Day weekend.

Kitsilano Pool is typically open until mid-September. Hillcrest Centre’s outdoor pool also opens this weekend and closes in late September. Maple Grove Pool, an outdoor pool in Kerrisdale, opens June 20 and closes September 7.

Check pool schedules for operating hours

Windbreaks at Kits and Second Beach pools

"The Park Board is improving the swimming experience by installing windbreaks next week at both Kitsilano and Second Beach pools," said Chair John Coupar. "They’ll protect swimmers from prevailing winds, as well as reduce heat loss and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) at the pools."

"Last year, windscreens reduced GHGs by 220 metric tonnes – the equivalent of removing 46 cars from city streets. The Park Board anticipates the expanded windscreens will reduce even more GHG emissions this year."

At Kits Pool, the height of the windscreen will be extended and a transparent windscreen will be installed on the north side along with a temporary overnight windscreen on the east side. At Second Beach Pool, a transparent windscreen will be installed on the west side.

Lifeguards and park rangers on duty

Lifeguards patrol the Park Board's 11 supervised bathing beaches from Victoria Day to Labour Day, from approximately 11:30am to 8:30pm daily (closing at 9:00pm from mid-June to mid-August), except when the red light is on at lifeguard stations.

Always be water smart and choose a supervised swim location our beaches and pools.

A team of five full-time and more than 30 seasonal park rangers act as the Park Board's ambassadors in more than 230 city parks.

Uniformed rangers direct visitors, offer park services, monitor playing fields, enforce bylaws, and facilitate park activities like filming and special events.

A dedicated ranger manages homeless issues and outreach.

If you need help from a park ranger, phone 3-1-1.

Four ways you can keep our beaches and parks safe and enjoyable

For everyone's safety and comfort, please:

  1. Leave your cigarettes, pipes, and other smoking devices at home. All beaches and parks are smoke-free.
  2. Keep your dogs off the beach and on leash everywhere else, except in our designated off-leash areas.
  3. Dispose of your hot coals at our barbeque pits.
  4. Don't make bonfires. Fires aren't allowed in parks or on beaches at any time.