Abbotsford’s Centennial Outdoor Pool will not re-open this summer. (Facebook photo)

Abbotsford’s Centennial Outdoor Pool will not re-open this summer

City officials cite operating costs and desire for indoor pools as reasons for decision

Abbotsford’s Centennial Outdoor Pool will not be re-opening this summer.

The City of Abbotsford made the announcement in a press release on Friday afternoon.

City officials stated that a survey asking residents about recreation participation post COVID-19 saw the majority of respondents would prefer the opening of an indoor pool rather than an outdoor one.

They also claimed that the costs of operating Centennial Pool including maintenance and utility fees were significantly high in relation to the length of the summer season remaining.

The release goes on to state that officials analyzed the overall costs of operating Centennial Pool compared to the number of people that could be served due to the shortened swim season as well as the capacity restrictions in place due to physical distancing requirements. Staff resources will now be re-focused on re-opening an indoor pool as soon as possible.

No details on which indoor pool or pools would be re-opening was revealed, nor was any timeline provided.

Spray parks, playgrounds, and sports fields have re-opened and, starting June 22, the City will be offering free outdoor fitness classes and additional sun safety education.

The Centennial Outdoor Pool is the summer home for the Abbotsford Whalers and also hosts several meets with swimmers from all over B.C.

The pool is usually open seven days a week during the summer and offers daily public swims as well as lessons.

RELATED: Abbotsford Whalers excel at local swim meet

abbotsfordSwimming

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Each step is a prayer’: Ojibwe man will walk from Hope to Vancouver Island for Indigenous healing, reconciliation

James Taylor departs Sept. 20, returns to Saanich in five days for sacred fire

COLUMN: We don’t need an election. But it’s 2020, so we’ll probably get one anyways.

There are only selfish reasons for the NDP to trigger an election this fall

Plea deal results in guilty plea in fatal Langley shooting in 2017

First degree murder charge amended to conspiracy to commit murder

Say ‘Hi’ to the mountains (and rain): The smoke is gone from the Fraser Valley, for now

Saturday’s Fraser Valley air quality forecast at ‘moderate risk,’ but morning showers leave skies clear

Abbotsford considers hiking development fees for new houses – and schools and churches

City considers hiking development cost charges on new institutional and agriculture buildings

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Air quality advisory ends for the Lower Mainland

It had been in effect since Sept. 8

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Most Read