Coquitlam residents will not have to brave the hot summer months without their neighbourhood outdoor pool.
The city announced Thursday that both Spani and Eagle Ridge are scheduled to open June 27 after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, there are new procedures in place for those wanting to take a refreshing dip.
Both pools will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and designated swim sessions must be booked online ahead of time (www.coquitlam.ca/registration).
“Lap swimmers can book a single lane, while family groups of two to six people can book a double lane,” the city said in a press release. “Swimmers will be asked to arrive five to 10 minutes before their scheduled time, confirm their registration, rinse off in the on-deck shower and then enter the pool.”
Swimmers are asked to arrive in their suits as all changerooms will be closed, and shared equipment, like diving boards, will not be available.
Enhanced cleaning procedures will also be in place.
“All touchpoints, such as shower handles and bathroom doorknobs, will be thoroughly cleaned between sessions,” the city said. “Users will be asked to leave promptly after their session to allow for cleaning before the next group.”
The announcement about the outdoor pools comes as Coquitlam is preparing to re-open its nine spray parks on Monday (June 15).
The city said restrictions for the facilities will be similar to what exists on playgrounds, with users being asked to avoid crowds and to clean their hands before using the equipment. Sick children are prohibited from entering the spray pads and parents and guardians should maintain a two-metre distance from each other.