Outdoor pools to remain closed for now, no lifeguards on beaches

Park Board announced that outdoor swimming pools will not open on May 18th as a result of the ongoing pandemic. As well, Park Board also announced that lifeguards will not be on duty any of the public beaches until safety procedures are clarified. The Lifesaving Society of Canada is planning to publish updated procedures by the end of May for lifeguards. Visitors will be permitted to swim at their own risk at Spanish Banks, Locarno, Jericho, Kitsilano, Sunset, English Bay, Second Beach, Third Beach and at Trout Lake.

It’s worth noting that the large outdoor swimming pool at Kitsilano Beach is not ready for use; it appears to have been patched and painted recently. As well, the outdoor pool at New Brighton Park isn’t ready either for visitors, as it needs to be cleaned. It’s an open question on how long the outdoor pools will remain closed. At New Brighton Park, the washrooms are open for public use, but the rest of the facilities are closed. Outdoor swimming pools at Hillcrest, Second Beach (Stanley Park) and Maple Grove will also remain closed for the foreseeable future.

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