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June 17, 2011
City's outdoor pools, splash pads and wading pools are cool places to be this summer
The City of Toronto invites residents of all ages to enjoy the City's splash pads, wading pools and outdoor swimming pools this season. Splash pads, wading pools and leisure swimming at outdoor pools are free for all ages.

Weather permitting, 12 outdoor pools across the city will open on a part-time basis weekends and after school beginning Saturday, June 18. Another 58 outdoor pools will open Saturday, June 25, also on a part-time schedule. All outdoor pools will begin standard hours of operation on Thursday, June 30 and will remain open on varying schedules until Sunday, September 4.

The following outdoor swimming pools will open on June 18 for after-school and weekend hours.

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

North York District:
Goulding Community Centre, 45 Goulding Ave.
Northwood Community Centre, 15 Clubhourt Ct.
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.
Donald D. Summerville, 1867 Lake Shore Blvd. E.

"In 2010, 1.6 million people took advantage of our outdoor pools," said Brenda Patterson, General Manager, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation. "I encourage all Torontonians to enjoy the many options they have to cool off this summer. Our outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads are the coolest places."

Currently, 80 splash pads are open across the city until September 18. They operate daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. by push button release. Splash pads are unsupervised water play areas, so caregivers are reminded to supervise their children at all times in these 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. Wading pools are shallow water areas for children located in parks. Caregivers are reminded to supervise their children at all times in these areas.

The opening of Lambton-Kingsway Outdoor Pool and Ourland Outdoor Pool will be delayed because of construction.

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

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 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.

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