Stay cool this summer at Toronto pools, splash pads and beaches

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Heron Park Recreation Centre

The City of Toronto in inviting residents of all ages to visit the City’s outdoor swimming pools, splash pads, wading pools and beaches this summer.

“City of Toronto outdoor pools, splash pads, wading pools and beaches are great places to relax, escape the heat and get active,” said Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee. “I encourage residents to take advantage of the many options they have to cool off this summer.”

Weather permitting, 10 outdoor pools will open on Saturday, June 18 for weekend, after-school and evening swimming:

Etobicoke York District
Pine Point Outdoor Pool, 15 Grierson Rd.
Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
West Mall Outdoor Pool, 370 The West Mall

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Pine Point Outdoor pool

North York District
Grandravine Community Recreation Centre, 23 Grandravine Dr.
Pleasantview Community Centre, 545 Van Horne Ave.

Scarborough District
Heron Park Outdoor Pool, 292 Manse Rd.
McGregor Park Outdoor Pool, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.

Toronto and East York District
Stanley Park South Outdoor Pool, 700 Wellington St. W.
Donald D. Summerville, 1867 Lake Shore Blvd. E
Kiwanis Outdoor Pool, 375 Cedarvale Ave.

The remaining 47 outdoor pools will open on Saturday, June 25 for weekend, after-school and evening swimming. All 57 outdoor pools will begin regular hours of operation onThursday, June 30 and will remain open with varying schedules until Labour Day weekend. For information on hours of operation, visit http://www.toronto.ca/swim or call 311.

Supervision or swimming ability requirements are in place for children under 10 years of age. Leisure swimming is free for all ages.

Over 90 splash pads across the city are open and will remain open until September 18. Splash pads operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are activated through push-button features. Caregivers are reminded to supervise their children at these unsupervised water play areas.

On June 30, over 100 supervised wading pools will open for the summer. Each will operate on individual schedules until September 4, weather permitting. Located in parks, wading pools are shallow water areas for children. Caregivers are reminded to supervise children at all times in these areas.

Eight of Toronto’s 11 swimming beaches have earned Blue Flags, making them a great choice for family fun and cooling down during the hot summer. The Blue Flag program is a highly respected and internationally recognized eco-label for swimming beaches and identifies beaches that meet the highest criteria for excellence. For more information on Blue Flags, visit http://www.toronto.ca/health/swimsafe/beaches_blueflag.htm – CINEWS

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1 Comment

  1. Henriette
    June 18, 2016 at 11:42 pm Reply

    Alas, while many of these places might allow one to cool down, most of them leave users totally exposed to the burning sun.

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