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June 11, 2012
Toronto's outdoor pools, splash pads, wading pools and beaches are cool places to be this summer
The City of Toronto invites residents of all ages to visit and enjoy the City's splash pads, wading pools, outdoor swimming pools and beaches this season.

Weather permitting, 12 outdoor pools across the city will open on a part-time basis starting on Saturday, June 16. The remaining 46 outdoor pools will open on a part-time basis on Saturday, June 23. All outdoor pools will begin regular hours on Friday, June 29 and will remain open with varying schedules until Sunday, September 2.

"Our outdoor pools, wading pools, splash pads, and beaches are the coolest places," said Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7 York West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee. "In 2011, about 1.6 million people took advantage of our swimming programs at our outdoor pools, and I encourage all Torontonians to enjoy the many options they have to cool off this summer."

There are requirements for supervision or swimming ability for children under 10 years of age. Leisure swimming is free for all ages.

Weather permitting, the following outdoor swimming pools will open during after-school and weekend hours starting June 16:

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 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 and East York District
Alexandra Park, 275 Bathurst St.
Alex Duff, 779 Crawford St.
Donald D. Summerville, 1867 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Eight of Toronto's 11 swimming beaches have earned Blue Flags, making them a great choice for family fun and cooling down during the hot summer.

The Blue Flag program is a highly respected and internationally recognized eco-label for swimming beaches and identifies beaches that meet the highest criteria for excellence. For more about Blue Flags, visit

Currently, 80 splash pads are open across the city until September 23. 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 29, more than 100 supervised wading pools will open for the summer. Each will operate on its own local schedule until September 2, weather permitting. Wading pools are shallow water areas located in parks. 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 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 2.7 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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