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June 13, 2008
Keep cool by diving into the City’s outdoor swimming pools
The City of Toronto invites residents of all ages to stay cool while having fun in the sun at one of the City’s splash pads, wading pools and outdoor swimming pools.

Starting tomorrow, 38 outdoor swimming pools will be open on a part-time basis. As of June 26, the remaining 18 pools will open with all outdoor swimming pools operating until August 31 with varying schedules. Leisure swimming programs are free for all ages.

“Leisure swimming is a great way to get residents active and engaged in their communities,” said Councillor Joe Mihevc, Chair of Community Development and Recreation Committee. “I invite residents to take advantage of the leisure swimming programs at the City’s outdoor pools - it’s free, accessible and open to everyone.”

The following outdoor swimming pools will open on June 14, after-school and on weekends (regular hours of operation begin June 26):

North York District
Driftwood - 4401 Jane St.
Goulding - 45 Goulding Ave.
Oriole - 2975 Don Mills Rd. W.

Scarborough District
Maryvale - 1325 Pharmacy Ave.
Kids Town (Weather permitting) - 3159 Birchmount Rd.

Toronto & East York District
Alex Duff Memorial - 779 Crawford St.
Alexandra Park - 275 Bathurst St.
Donald D. Summerville - 1675 Lake Shore Blvd. E.
Greenwood Park - 209 Alton Rd.
Monarch Park - 115 Felstead Ave.
Regent Park - 415 Gerrard St. E.
Riverdale Park - 550 Broadview Ave.
Stanley Park - 700 Wellington St.

Etobicoke York District
Amesbury - 155 Culford Rd.
Amos Waites - 2445 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
Domenico DiLuca - 25 Stanley Rd.
Eringate - 121 Wellesworth Dr.
Fairhaven - 100 Golfwood Heights
Flagstaff - 42 Mercury Rd.
Gihon Spring - 75 Gihon Spring Dr.
Giovanni Caboto - 1369 St Clair Ave. W.
Gord and Irene Risk - 2650 Finch Ave. W.
High Park - 1873 Bloor St. W.
Lambton-Kingsway - 37 Marquis Ave.
Ourland - 36 Ourland Ave.
Park Lawn - 340 Park Lawn Rd.
Pine Point - 15 Grierson Rd.
Richmond Gardens - 44 Starthdee Dr.
Rotary - 25 11th St.
Smithfield - 175 Mount Olive Dr.
Smythe - 175 Scarlett Rd.
Sunnyside-Gus Ryder - Lakeshore Blvd. E. at Parkside Dr.
Wedgewood - 17 Swan Ave.
West Deane - 19 Sedgebrook Dr.
West Mall - 370 The West Mall
Westgrove - 15 Redgrave Dr.
Westmount - 22 Arcade Dr.
Weston Lions - 2125 Lawrence Ave. W.

“In 2007, more than 1.1 million swimmers took advantage of leisure swimming programs at our outdoor pools,” said Brenda Librecz, General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation. “I encourage all Torontonians to take the plunge. Our outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads are the place to be every summer.”

Currently, 64 splash pads are open daily until September 21 and operate from dawn to dusk. On June 26, 110 wading pools will be open daily until August 31. Hours of operation at wading pools vary at each location.

For information on indoor and outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads, including locations and hours of operation, call the Pool Hotline at 416-338-POOL (7665). Information is also available on the City’s website at and in the Toronto FUN Guide, available at civic centres and community centres.

Parents are reminded to supervise their children at all times in pools, wading pools and splash pads. For more information about drowning prevention, visit the Lifesaving Society’s website at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726,



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