Season extended at Kits and New Brighton pools after another record summer

August 27 2018

“We know how much Vancouverites value their outdoor pools and beaches, and all things aquatic so we're adding more swimming days to outdoor pools on both the east and west sides of the city," said Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon

Kits Pool

The Vancouver Park Board is extending the season at Kits and New Brighton pools.

New Brighton Pool will remain open an extra five days through September 9, while the newly renovated Kits Pool will remain open through September 23. In addition, other outdoor pools will remain open an extra day, closing after September 4. Water parks will remain open until September 30 and are another great (and free) way to cool off.

Residents love outdoor pools

“We know how much Vancouverites value their outdoor pools and beaches, and all things aquatic. We responded to the hot, dry summer by extending pool and water park hours and are now adding more swimming days to outdoor pools on both the east and west sides of the city,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon.

The extended season gives swimmers a full extra week to swim at the newly renovated Kits Pool, which had a $3.3 million dollar upgrade early this year. Upgrades included the removal and replacement of the pool basin membrane, repairs to the deck, and the addition of pumps to replenish and remove sea water. The improvements have greatly improved the water’s clarity.

Another record year for visits

Kits, New Brighton and Second Beach outdoor seaside pools have experienced another record year for visits. Since outdoor pools opened on the May long weekend this year, 272,642 people have visited—an increase of 10 percent over 2017.

Last January, the Park Board unanimously approved the location of a new full-sized outdoor pool in the Marpole neighbourhood. Funding for the planning and design of an outdoor pool is included in the 2018 capital budget. Pool planning will be included in the next phase of Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre renewal consultation.