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June 14, 2013
Toronto's outdoor swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads are great places to stay cool and relax this summer
There's no better way to beat the summer heat than by jumping into a refreshing outdoor pool. The City of Toronto invites residents of all ages to visit the many outdoor swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads opening for the season this weekend.

"Our outdoor recreational swimming and water facilities are free and easily found in neighbourhood parks all across the city," said Mayor Rob Ford. "We have 58 outdoor pools, 106 wading pools and countless splash pads. It doesn't matter how young or old you are, or where you live in the city, outdoor swimming is a great way to be active and stay cool during the summer."

Weather permitting, 12 outdoor pools across the city will open with reduced hours (evenings and weekends) on Saturday, June 15. The remaining 46 outdoor pools will open with reduced hours on Saturday, June 22. All outdoor pools will begin regular hours of operation on Friday, June 28 and will remain open with varying schedules until Sunday, September 1.

The list of outdoor pools and hours of operation for each facility are available at, by clicking on the facility's name, then "Drop-In Programs" and "Swimming". The listings will be updated whenever reduced or extended hours are in place.

Children six years of age and under require adult supervision, regardless of swimming ability. Children aged seven to nine years can swim without adult supervision, providing they successfully complete a facility swim test administered at the pool. Outdoor recreational swimming is free for all ages.

The following outdoor swimming pools will open on June 15:

Etobicoke-York District:
- Pine Point Outdoor Pool, 15 Grierson Rd.
- Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (Media access will be granted on June 15; see note below.)
- West Mall Outdoor Pool, 370 The West Mall

North York District:
- Goulding Community Centre, 45 Goulding Ave.
- Northwood Community Centre, 15 Clubhouse Crt.
- Oriole Recreation Centre, 2975 Don Mills Rd. W.

Scarborough District:
- Heron Park Outdoor Pool, 292 Manse Rd.
- Maryvale Outdoor Pool, 1325 Pharmacy Ave.
- McGregor Park Outdoor Pool, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.

Toronto-East York District:
- Alexandra Park, 275 Bathurst St.
- Alex Duff, 779 Crawford St.
- Monarch Park, 115 Felstead Ave.

Splash pads often include engaging water features such as shower heads and spray jets that keep children entertained for hours. They are open across the city from May 18 until September 22 and operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. by push button release or motion sensors. Splash pads are unsupervised water play areas, so caregivers are reminded to supervise their children at all times in these areas.

Wading pools are shallow water areas and a fantastic choice to stay cool and have fun in the sun with younger children. Wading pools will open for the summer on June 28, operating on individual schedules until September 1. Caregivers are reminded to supervise their children at all times in these areas.

For more information, including hours of operation and up-to-date information on outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads, visit or call 311.

Media opportunity: City staff will be on site at Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool to accommodate media who want to take footage of the first outdoor pool day. This location will be the only opportunity for media to film from the pool deck this weekend. Access to media will not be granted to any other outdoor pool locations.

Date: Saturday, June 15
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line

On Saturday, June 15 ONLY:
Sunnyside-Gus Ryder pool



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