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

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.

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