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Kamloops public pools, wading pools, sports facilities set to reopen

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June 24, 2020 - 12:32 PM

With the province moving towards phase 3 of the COVID-19 reopening plan, Kamloops is looking to gradually welcome residents back to public pools and sports facilities. 

The Brock Pool will reopen with limited capacity, June 29. For the first nine days, the pool will be for drop-in lap swimming only in order to accommodate for lifeguard training. On July 6, AquaFit classes will resume Monday to Friday 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The pool will be fully open to the public July 8, and all children 13 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult to monitor physical distancing.  

The Prince Charles Park Wading Pool will also reopen on Monday with a 30 person capacity from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. City staff will be on site to monitor social distancing and enforce time restrictions as necessary to ensure others can use the pool.

Westsyde Pool, however, will not be reopening until the fall.

The city is expecting a high demand for public beaches due to the limited pool space, Mayor Ken Christian said in a press conference June 24. 

Subsequently, the city will be providing lifeguards at the Riverside Park beach to not only ensure water safety, but also enforce social distancing protocols. 

Once the flood barriers have been removed, the beach will be reopen and attended by lifeguards Monday to Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Tournament Capital Centre is expanding its services this week with the reopening of the Wellness Centre and Athlete Performance Centre. 

Local sport organizations are currently developing their return to sport plans safety plan, which requires approval before activities can resume.

Additionally, the Olympic Rink at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre will be available for booking on Monday, and the NHL Rink will follow July 10. To book these facilities click here.

“We’re happy to welcome residents back to more of our facilities in a safe, physically-distanced way,” Mayor Christian said in a press release.

“We recognize there is great interest in other facilities, such as the arenas, community halls, and Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre, and we look forward continuing our gradual reopening over the coming months.”

— This story was updated at 2:19 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020 to include the status of the Westsyde Pool.

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