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June 30, 2017
Summer officially kicks off with the opening of outdoor pools
Mayor John Tory officially kicked off the 2017 summer season with the opening on the City's newest outdoor pool complex, along with 59 city-wide outdoor pools and over 100 wading pools. Joining him was Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the City's Community Development and Recreation Committee, Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 33 Don Valley East), whose ward will be home to the new Parkway Forest Outdoor Complex and Barbara Byers, Director of Public Education for the Lifesaving Society.

"Nothing says summer has arrived like the refreshing fun of an outdoor swimming pool," said Mayor Tory. "Swimming is an incredible way to enjoy the hot sticky days of summer, while getting exercise and honing a precious life skill – and it is fun for the whole family. I encourage all Torontonians to get out and enjoy City pools, splash pads and wading pools."

"Toronto's parks and recreation facilities offer so much to the summer experience," said Councillor Pasternak. "The City works closely with developers to ensure that with growth, we enhance community assets."

The Parkway Forest Outdoor complex features an accessible, six-lane swimming pool, a tot pool and splash pad. The majority of the complex was built by Elad Canada, as part of a development agreement (section 37 agreement) for approximately $18.4 million. The City built the splash pad for approximately $300,000.

"This complex is a great new asset to our community," said Councillor Carroll. "I encourage everyone to come out to this great community hub this summer and enjoy it."

The City's outdoor pools will remain open, weather permitting, with varying schedules, until Labour Day weekend. For information about pool hours, operations and locations, visit 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 are open across the city and will remain open until September 17. 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.

Effective today, more than 100 supervised wading pools are also open for the summer. Each will operate on individual schedules until September 3, weather permitting. Wading pools are shallow water areas for children located in parks. Caregivers are reminded to supervise children at all times in these areas.

Note: Media requests for filming of pools can be accommodated at Alex Duff Memorial Outdoor Pool, Donald D. Summerville Outdoor Olympic Pools, McGregor Park Outdoor Pool, Monarch Park Outdoor Pool and Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool. These locations will allow media to film from the pool deck. Media access will only be allowed at the locations and media must follow the instructions of staff at the site. Media can go directly to the designated locations and do not need to call in advance.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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