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Cambridge outdoor pools ready to go once province enters Step One of reopening plan

June 14 earliest day swimmers will be welcomed at city's three outdoor pools
2021-05-26 Ed Newland Pool
The Ed Newland Pool, commonly referred to as 'Eddie's Pool,' in Preston will be ready to welcome swimmers when provincial rules permit.

Tuesday’s heat may have had some Cambridge residents wishing they could safely jump into an outdoor public pool to cool off.

Unfortunately, they’ll have to wait a couple more weeks.

Despite city staff making efforts to clean and fill the city’s three outdoor pools in advance of opening day, that day won’t be arriving until at least June 14.

June 14 is the first day in Step One of the province’s three step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures once at least 60 per cent of the population is vaccinated.

The Riverside Park splash pad opened Tuesday and work is underway to open the city's remaining splash pads by June 7 if not sooner.

Ed Newland Pool in Preston, George Hancock Pool on Glenmorris Street, and the Kinsmen Soper Park Pool are all slated to reopen once provincial restrictions are lifted.

The city says registration for aquatics programming will also begin at the advent of Step One, but capacity limits will remain in place to meet physical distancing requirements of two metres.

Indoor pools will be allowed to open in Step Three of the provincial reopening roadmap, and likely not until early August when 70 to 80 per cent of the population is vaccinated.