VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Swimmers are again splashing at three Vancouver outdoor pools that closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lifeguards returned to beaches and three outdoor pools — Kitsilano, Second Beach, and New Brighton — Monday, as the province has relaxed pandemic restrictions as part of the third phase of its pandemic recovery plan.
“Online ticket sales start at 9:30 a.m. for next day,” says a tweet from the Vancouver Park Board.
Drop-ins are limited. The board also advises arriving ready to swim, leave valuables at home, and stay in designated pods on pool decks.
Today, lifeguards at beaches & 3 outdoor pools open. Online ticket sales start at 9:30 am for next day. Drop-ins limited. Arrive swim ready, leave valuables at home, & stay in designated pod on pool deck. Change rooms, lockers not available. Washrooms open https://t.co/OUtiMNffc9 pic.twitter.com/Ibs28SrkGJ
— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) July 13, 2020
Change rooms and lockers are not available, but washrooms are open.
Demand for pre-booked tickets to the outdoor pools crashed the park board website for about an hour Sunday.
The beaches include English Bay, Jericho, Kitsilano, Locarno, Spanish Banks East and West, Sunset, Third, and Trout Lake.
Vancouver’s spray parks opened last month.
Meanwhile, the Hammond Outdoor Pool in Maple Ridge also opened Monday, along with the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park.
The latter had been closed since March. Reservations can be made for the conservatory online, but there’s a new $1 service fee for non-members.
And the Seabus between the North Shore and Vancouver’s waterfront is now running every 15 minutes during peak hours, instead of every 30 minutes.
Recreation spaces are also reopening in communities like Saanich and Vernon.