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It’s beach towel weather: Outdoor pools to open this weekend

May 19 2016

“Outdoor pools are cherished by residents. The Park Board is soon beginning the most ambitious review of aquatic services in the last 15 years,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung.

Kitsilano Pool in Vancouver

Starting this Victoria Day long weekend;

  • Our outdoor pools and beaches will open
  • Lifeguards and park rangers will be on duty

Seaside pools open May 21

The heated seaside pools open Saturday, May 21 at:

  • Kitsilano Beach Park
  • Second Beach in Stanley Park
  • New Brighton Park

Swimmers often line-up to be the first in.

Outdoor pools operate through the Labour Day weekend

  • Kitsilano Pool is typically open until mid-September
  • Hillcrest Centre’s outdoor pool opens this weekend and closes mid-September
  • Maple Grove Pool, an outdoor pool in Kerrisdale, opens Saturday, June 18 and closes September 5

Pool schedules

Aquatic services review

“Outdoor pools are cherished by residents.The Park Board is soon beginning the most ambitious review of aquatic services in the last 15 years,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung. “This is a reflection of the priority this Board places on expanding pool facilities for our residents.”

Wind breaks to be installed to keep you warm

Wind breaks are again being installed at the outdoor pools at Kitsilano Beach and Second Beach in Stanley Park. This year, we will add a wind break to the outdoor pool at Hillcrest Centre.

This energy conservation initiative:

  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)
  • Saves money
  • Helps keep swimmers and sunbathers warm

Last year, the windbreaks reduced GHGs by 220 metric tonnes – the equivalent of removing 46 cars from city streets.

Lifeguards at beaches

Lifeguards patrol our 11 supervised bathing beaches from:

  • Victoria Day to Labour Day
  • Approximately 11:30 am to 8:30 pm daily (closing at 9 pm from mid-June to mid-August), except when the red light is on at the Lifeguard Station

Almost 18 kilometres of ocean beach stretch from Spanish Banks all the way around English Bay to Third Beach in Stanley Park. Trout Lake, located in John Hendry Park, is the only freshwater, lifeguarded supervised beach in Vancouver.

Remember to always be water smart. Choose a supervised swim location at a Vancouver beach (in front of the lifeguard stand) or pool.

Registration is also now open for swim lessons in July and August.

Water parks now open

Water parks are the perfect way for children to cool off in the summer and are now open (except at Lumberman’s Arch, which is undergoing repairs and will open in June). All now have push buttons to turn on the water for five minutes at a time.

Park rangers fully staffed

Beginning this weekend, park rangers will be fully staffed for the summer. Eight rangers will be on duty seven days a week (7 am – 11 pm) through Labour Day weekend.

Uniformed rangers act as our ambassadors in more than 240 city parks and are responsible for:

  • By-law enforcement
  • Monitoring play fields
  • Finding missing persons
  • First Aid
  • Fire patrol
  • Work with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, Vancouver Police Department, and BC Ambulance Service

The rangers also respond to homeless issues and connect those in need to appropriate services. Please phone 3-1-1 if you require a ranger’s assistance.

Smoke-free beaches and parks

All beaches and parks are smoke-free. Our primary goal is voluntary compliance through education, but rangers issue fines when necessary.

Dogs are not permitted on beaches and must be leashed in other areas (except in designated off-leash areas). Fires are not allowed in parks or on beaches at any time. Barbecue coal pits are provided for hot coals at many popular beach and picnic locations.