August 11th, 2020

One Hat pool open, others waiting

By Medicine Hat News on July 11, 2020.

One outdoor pool in Medicine Hat opened to the public on Friday while Echodale Lake is scheduled to open late next week, though two other facilities are facing much longer time on the horizon before they may welcome the public.

A decision on the Crestwood Recreation Centre could come “in the fall” and Hill Pool, originally set to open July 10, may take longer than expected.

A tentative date to have the swimming area at Echodale Regional Park filled and ready for the public is July 13, city parks officials said on Wednesday.

Physical distancing measures will be required in and out of the water, while the concession and washrooms will remain closed, though portable facilities will be on site.

“We want everyone to enjoy our outdoor amenities this summer,” said Scott Richter, the city’s parks manager. “Beach-goers and swimmers alike are reminded that physical distancing rules are in effect, on the grass, along the sand and in the water.”

Crews are filling and testing the lake this week. That water, drawn from the nearby South Saskatchewan River, is treated with chlorine and will be tested daily.

Strathcona Pool opened on Friday to swimmers who register beforehand, though Hill Pool, which had been tentatively slated to open on July 10 will remain closed as the city reviews “the ability to reopen for the 2020 season.”

The city previously stated that Heights Pool will remain closed this summer.

Portions of the Family Leisure Centre opened last week, including the fitness centre and arena, and staggered openings of the pool, gymnasium and field house are expected throughout July and early August.

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