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Three Vancouver outdoor pools reopen, lifeguards back on duty

Three outdoor pools in Vancouver reopened on Monday, July 13, 2020 after closing due to COVID-19. (Courtesy Vancouver Park Board, Twitter)
Summary

Lifeguards are back at beaches three outdoor pools -- Kitsilano, Second Beach, and New Brighton

Vancouver Park Board advises arriving ready to swim, leave valuables at home, and stay in designated pods on pool decks

Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park also reopens

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.

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.  

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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.