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Kitsilano pool re-opens on Saturday

Vancouver’s only saltwater pool was damaged in a king-tide storm in January that also destroyed the Jericho pier and parts of the Stanley Park seawall.

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Kitsilano pool is set to reopen on the B.C. Day long weekend, just in time to help Vancouverites beat the heat during this sweltering heat wave.

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The pool will reopen to the public on Saturday, said the Vancouver park board on Tuesday.

The pool — the city’s only saltwater pool — typically opens during the May long weekend, but was damaged in a king-tide storm in January that also destroyed the Jericho pier and parts of the Stanley Park seawall.

Thanks to the recent spell of dry weather, crews have been able to do the necessary repairs and maintenance on the pool deck floor and the chambers that were used to fill the pool.

The popular outdoor pool will stay open until Sept. 5. After it closes for the season, it’ll undergo further repairs to restore its structure to what it was before the storm.

Crowds are expected to flock to the pool on opening weekend, potentially leading to line-ups and waits. The park board is already warning the public to be patient as it tries to deal with a staffing crunch.

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Although the pool may appear to have space, capacity is not based only on the size of the facility, but also on the visitor-to-lifeguard ratio.

“Not unlike other municipalities in the Lower-Mainland, Vancouver is experiencing a staffing shortage and are working diligently to find immediate and long-term solutions,” it said in a statement.

Only a limited number of people will be allowed in the pool on opening weekend from July 30 to Aug. 1. During the long weekend, the pool will only be open to public swims. Swimmers who want to do laps or length swimming are asked to book at Second Beach pool. 

Starting Aug. 2, the number of spaces at Kits pool will be based on staff availability.

Reservations at Vancouver’s public pools can be booked online three days before the desired swimming date (reservations open at 12 p.m.). Drop-in is also allowed, but these spaces are not guaranteed.

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