The City of Toronto says 10 of its outdoor pools will be partially open on Saturday, June 18 — evenings and weekends.
And it has also launched a call to encourage qualified residents to apply for lifeguard, swim instructor, wading pool and water program assistant positions.
These are the 10 outdoor pools that will open on June 18:
• Heron Park Community Center – 292 Manse Rd. (Manse Road at Lawrence Avenue);
• McGregor Park Community Center – 2231 Lawrence Ave. E. (Lawrence Avenue between Birchmount Road and Kennedy Road);
• Grandravine Community Recreation Center – Grandravine Dr. 23 (Sheppard/Keele avenue area);
• Parkway Forest Community Center – 59 Forest Manor Rd. (Don Mills Road/Sheppard Avenues area);
• Pine Point Outdoor Pool – 15 Grierson Rd. (Off Allenby Avenue between Islington and Weston roads);
• West Mall Outdoor Pool – 370 The West Mall (south of Burnhamthorpe Road);
• Alex Duff Memorial Pool – 779 Crawford St. (in Christie Pits Park);
• Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool – 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (west of Parkside Drive);
• Monarch Park outdoor pool – 115 Felstead Ave. (at Coxwell Avenue, south of Danforth Avenue, in eastern Toronto);
• Kiwanis Outdoor Pool – 375 Cedervale Ave. (Woodbine Avenue, east of Cosburn Avenue, in East York).
The city advises checking each location for opening times (on the city’s Swim & Water Play webpage).
The city’s remaining outdoor pools will open on June 25, also on a partial schedule. Full schedules, it added, will begin June 30 in all locations, as well as wading pools. Splash pads are now open, the city noted.
The city, which opened most of its beaches earlier this month, expects to employ about 2,200 part-time recreational water personnel, but says it, as in jurisdictions in North America, “is struggling with lifeguard shortages as certification of lifeguards was interrupted as the world reacted to COVID-19.”
The city recalls that “young people as young as 14 can apply to become lifeguards and assistants in water programs and are encouraged to become certified.”
Joining the City of Toronto’s aquatics staff “is a fun and rewarding experience,” Councilor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rough Park), chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee, said in a press release. “Part-time, flexible and seasonal opportunities are available, which is a healthy career choice for all ages.”
More information about available features and upcoming information sessions is available on the City’s Recreational Courses webpage.