A brutally dry summer has contributed to wildfires across southern B.C. that have blanketed the Lower Mainland in smoke. For those who can handle the poisonous haze, Vancouver's park board is pushing back close dates for the city's outdoor pools.
“We know how much Vancouverites value their outdoor pools and beaches, and all things aquatic," said park board chair Stuart Mackinnon. "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."
Most pools were previously scheduled to close after the first weekend of September.
Now, Kitsilano Pool at 2305 Cornwall Ave will remain open for nearly an extra month, until September 23. New Brighton Pool on North Windermere St (Near New Brighton Park) will stay open an extra five days, until September 9. All other outdoor pools in Vancouver, including Stanley Park's Second Beach Pool, will remain open one extra day, now closing on September 4.
In addition, water parks around the city (free!) will continue running until September 30.
"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," reads an August 27 media release. "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."