Vancouver’s Kitsilano Pool will reopen later this summer

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With a heat wave on the horizon, many locals will be looking to cool down by hitting up a nearby public pool. Many thought they wouldn’t be able to do that at the popular Kitsilano Pool this summer.

That all changed Friday afternoon.

The City of Vancouver announced earlier today that Kitsilano Pool will reopen to the public on August 7th after some repairs are completed.

Last month, the Vancouver Park Board announced that the popular Kitsilano Pool will remain closed this summer. The Park Board said at the time that the decision was made “after careful consideration” and the closure will “allow staff to address a number of core issues with the pool”.

At a press conference Friday, Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim said the City “never gave up” and worked tirelessly to ensure the pool could reopen this summer.

“Every Vancouverite has a memory from Kits Pool,” said Mayor Ken Sim. “It’s where many of us learned to swim, where we met up with friends on sunny days, and where families enjoyed summer vacations. As one of the most iconic pools in Canada, our Council is dedicated to ensuring it remains a centerpiece of our city while we move forward with plans for a new facility.”

Sim says repair are being done right now that would extend the pool’s life by another 2 years while a long-term solution gets completed. Engineer Jeff Stibbard was brought in by the Mayor on a pro-bono basis to help the pool reopen for the summer season.

In 2022, the pool was damaged during the king tide storm on January 7th. Engineers discovered substantial cracks, movement of cement slabs, and gaps in the expansion joints.

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