Some Vancouver pools are opening next week—but not Kits Pool

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      Kitsilano Pool, the undisputed main character of Vancouver’s swimming spots, is giving us another plot twist. 

      After previously announcing that the beloved pool would open on Victoria Day long weekend, the Vancouver Park Board has delivered some dry news. 

      “We regret that Kitsilano Pool will not open on May 18 due to unforeseen repairs,” the Parks Board says in a statement. “The consistent, dry weather needed to make the repairs only arrived recently, which has led to a delay in our ability to open the pool.” 

      Other pools—namely the ones at Second Beach and New Brighton—will open as planned next weekend. Lifeguards will also start patrols at swimming beaches including English Bay, Jericho Beach, Spanish Banks, Sunset, and Kitsilano. 

      Maple Grove Pool will open on June 15, and Hillcrest’s indoor and outdoor pools—after an extended maintenance refit—will both open on July 1.

      But Kitsilano Pool—North America’s longest saltwater pool, originally built in 1931, a staple summer hang-out spot where you can dodge lane-swimming keenos while taking in a glorious view of the North Shore Mountains—is continuing its saga. 

      After being severely damaged in the 2022 storms, the pool opened in June last year—similarly late in the season. Since then, a City report found it was in a worse state than previously known, and was leaking 30,000 litres of water per hour. 

      The Park Board’s May 10 statement diagnoses Kits Pool as being in “its end-of-life phase with many failing and deteriorating components,” and notes that the number of broken components “has added complexity to maintenance, repair, and preparation for opening.” 

      Long-term, the city says it needs a $2 million “feasibility study” to determine the future of the pool.

      In the short-term, Kits Pool will hopefully in early June. But take that with a pinch of salt—or, uh, saltwater. 

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