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City of Winnipeg to Extend Outdoor Swimming Pool Hours of Operation

July 12, 2012

The City of Winnipeg is extending the hours of operation at outdoor pools in strategic locations to ensure availability in as many areas of the city as possible, during hot and humid weather forecast over the next week.

“By extending operating hours at outdoor swimming pools, the City of Winnipeg is able to offer residents another option for staying cool during this extremely hot weather,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “Increased accessibility to our outdoor pools and spray pads plays an important role in keeping our citizens comfortable and safe.”

Starting today (July 11), the following outdoor swimming pools will offer extended hours to 8:00 p.m. daily, until further notice:

· Freight House – 200 Isabel Street

· Provencher – 590, Rue Langevin

· St. Vital – 5, Rue Des Meurons

· Westdale – 550 Dale Boulevard

· Transcona Centennial – 1101 Wabasha Street

Also, beginning tomorrow (July 12), the Lions Outdoor Pool at 969 Dowker Avenue will also be open to 8:00 p.m.

In addition, Kildonan Park Outdoor Pool at 2015 Main Street will remain open until 8:00 p.m.

The Mayor also noted that the Winnipeg Public Service will be taking actions to assist citizens wherever possible, to help give relief from the heat:

· Transit is running its air-conditioned buses on the longest routes, to ensure the comfort of as many passengers as possible

· Staff in City offices are encouraged to refill citizens’ personal water bottles as needed

· A temporary water trailer will be placed downtown near the Main Street Project and Salvation Army Booth Centre by 4:00 p.m. today, to ensure vulnerable persons have a place to refill their personal bottles or containers with safe drinking water, especially during times when other facilities may be closed

· Members of the public are being welcomed to spend time in public facilities like libraries and recreational facilities, to help cool off

“Our spray pads and outdoor and indoor swimming pools offer great facilities for children and adults of all ages to cool off on a hot summer day,” said Councillor Paula Havixbeck, Chairperson, Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services. “We want to remind all citizens to keep hydrated and cool, and are doing our part to help.”

On July 5, operating hours were extended to open spray pads from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at nine locations across the city.

Citizens are also reminded that there are many indoor pools located throughout the city.

For information on hours of operation of spray pads, wading pools and indoor/outdoor swimming pools please contact 311 or visit:

Spray pads: http://winnipeg.ca/cms/recreation/facilities/pools/spraypads.stm

Outdoor pools: http://winnipeg.ca/cms/recreation/facilities/pools/outdoorpools.stm

Indoor pools: http://winnipeg.ca/cms/recreation/facilities/pools/indoor_pools/indoorpools.stm