Courtenay’s Outdoor Pool to Stay Closed This Summer
June 16, 2020
Following careful review of various provincial health and safety guidelines, the City of Courtenay has determined the Courtenay Outdoor Pool at Lewis Park won’t be opening for the summer 2020 swimming season. The 71-year-old pool is normally open June through August.
The City has reviewed COVID-19 guidelines for safe pool operations released by other authorities, in addition to assessing the pool facility’s layout, current condition, and available equipment. The pool would have required facility upgrades, additional pool equipment, and specialized personal protective equipment (PPE) to be compliant with guidelines issued by Worksafe BC, the BC Recreation and Parks Association, the BC Lifesaving Society, and other authorities.
These requirements would have resulted in a significantly shorter swim season and reduced revenue, at great additional expense.
“We know this will come as a disappointment to the many people who enjoy visiting the outdoor pool,” said Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells. “Staff did carefully review all options, and determined that once all of these safety protocols had been implemented, the pool could likely only open for one month instead of the usual three. The number of people allowed in the pool would be reduced as well. We simply couldn’t justify the additional cost for taxpayers that would be required to open the pool for such a short time this year, and for such a limited number of people.”
Updates on other programs and facilities, including plans for the Rotary Water Park at Lewis Park, will be released as details are finalized.
“Our patrons can expect a gradual, careful relaunch of our services,” said Dave Snider, the City of Courtenay’s Director of Recreation and Cultural Services. “We’re turning a dial, not flipping a switch. We’re continuing to develop and adjust our services to comply with guidelines from other authorities, and in particular focusing on programs that will provide respite for families, such as children’s camp programs, and adapted programs for adults with disabilities.”
During the facility closures due to COVID-19, Courtenay Recreation has been offering classes virtually. View over 40 videos for all ages and interests, including crafts, skateboarding, and fitness classes, at www.courtenay.ca/virtualrec