Hamilton slowly reopens pools

News Jun 26, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton is taking a slow and steady approach while it reopens various recreation facilities, including pools, this summer.

Emergency Operations Centre director Paul Johnson said staff has July 6 and July 13 target dates to have 14 indoor and outdoor pools ready for swimmers.

“It is not as easy as unlocking a door, flicking on a switch and away we go,” said Johnson.

Staff determined it will reopen only 14 of the city’s 36 pools, taking into consideration size, health standards and locations across the city, said Johnson. Hamilton is allowed to reopen pools, spray pads and public beaches under the province’s Stage 2 plan.

“We don’t plan on reopening any more,” he said.

The pools that will open include the Ancaster Lions Outdoor pool, Dundas Driving Park, Huntington Park Recreation Centre, Jimmy Thompson Pool in downtown Hamilton, Stoney Creek Recreation Centre, Westmont Recreation Centre, Green Acres Outdoor Pool and Inch Park Outdoor Pool.

Change rooms and showers will be available, and staff said the facilities will be regularly cleaned.

Johnson said the lifeguards and other staff are being retrained under the coronavirus protocols to deal with life-saving situations and being in close proximity to people. Facilities have to be thoroughly wiped down before they can reopen.

“That takes time,” said Johnson. “Patience please.”

Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson applauded that the Ancaster Lions Club pool is opening. He wasn’t critical about the Ancaster Aquatic Centre remaining closed since it is an indoor facility and a main gathering area for clubs and people.

“The Lions Club pool is outdoors and that is what people want on hot days,” he said. “The spray pads are also open.”

As the warmer weather arrived, the city did turn on its 68 spray pads June 19. Health officials continue to warn residents to keep two-metres physical distance, don’t gather in large crowds, and don’t use the spray pads if you are sick or show symptoms of being sick.

Meanwhile, the city will be issuing permits by July 3 to sports teams to practise on city facilities, said Johnson.

He said the teams can only use the facilities for training purposes and not for scrimmages or games. The permits are only for daylight hours.

“It’s just a chance to get out and train,” he said.

Hamilton eases into reopening swimming pools across city

News Jun 26, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton is taking a slow and steady approach while it reopens various recreation facilities, including pools, this summer.

Emergency Operations Centre director Paul Johnson said staff has July 6 and July 13 target dates to have 14 indoor and outdoor pools ready for swimmers.

“It is not as easy as unlocking a door, flicking on a switch and away we go,” said Johnson.

Staff determined it will reopen only 14 of the city’s 36 pools, taking into consideration size, health standards and locations across the city, said Johnson. Hamilton is allowed to reopen pools, spray pads and public beaches under the province’s Stage 2 plan.

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“We don’t plan on reopening any more,” he said.

The pools that will open include the Ancaster Lions Outdoor pool, Dundas Driving Park, Huntington Park Recreation Centre, Jimmy Thompson Pool in downtown Hamilton, Stoney Creek Recreation Centre, Westmont Recreation Centre, Green Acres Outdoor Pool and Inch Park Outdoor Pool.

Change rooms and showers will be available, and staff said the facilities will be regularly cleaned.

Johnson said the lifeguards and other staff are being retrained under the coronavirus protocols to deal with life-saving situations and being in close proximity to people. Facilities have to be thoroughly wiped down before they can reopen.

“That takes time,” said Johnson. “Patience please.”

Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson applauded that the Ancaster Lions Club pool is opening. He wasn’t critical about the Ancaster Aquatic Centre remaining closed since it is an indoor facility and a main gathering area for clubs and people.

“The Lions Club pool is outdoors and that is what people want on hot days,” he said. “The spray pads are also open.”

As the warmer weather arrived, the city did turn on its 68 spray pads June 19. Health officials continue to warn residents to keep two-metres physical distance, don’t gather in large crowds, and don’t use the spray pads if you are sick or show symptoms of being sick.

Meanwhile, the city will be issuing permits by July 3 to sports teams to practise on city facilities, said Johnson.

He said the teams can only use the facilities for training purposes and not for scrimmages or games. The permits are only for daylight hours.

“It’s just a chance to get out and train,” he said.

Hamilton eases into reopening swimming pools across city

News Jun 26, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton is taking a slow and steady approach while it reopens various recreation facilities, including pools, this summer.

Emergency Operations Centre director Paul Johnson said staff has July 6 and July 13 target dates to have 14 indoor and outdoor pools ready for swimmers.

“It is not as easy as unlocking a door, flicking on a switch and away we go,” said Johnson.

Staff determined it will reopen only 14 of the city’s 36 pools, taking into consideration size, health standards and locations across the city, said Johnson. Hamilton is allowed to reopen pools, spray pads and public beaches under the province’s Stage 2 plan.

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“We don’t plan on reopening any more,” he said.

The pools that will open include the Ancaster Lions Outdoor pool, Dundas Driving Park, Huntington Park Recreation Centre, Jimmy Thompson Pool in downtown Hamilton, Stoney Creek Recreation Centre, Westmont Recreation Centre, Green Acres Outdoor Pool and Inch Park Outdoor Pool.

Change rooms and showers will be available, and staff said the facilities will be regularly cleaned.

Johnson said the lifeguards and other staff are being retrained under the coronavirus protocols to deal with life-saving situations and being in close proximity to people. Facilities have to be thoroughly wiped down before they can reopen.

“That takes time,” said Johnson. “Patience please.”

Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson applauded that the Ancaster Lions Club pool is opening. He wasn’t critical about the Ancaster Aquatic Centre remaining closed since it is an indoor facility and a main gathering area for clubs and people.

“The Lions Club pool is outdoors and that is what people want on hot days,” he said. “The spray pads are also open.”

As the warmer weather arrived, the city did turn on its 68 spray pads June 19. Health officials continue to warn residents to keep two-metres physical distance, don’t gather in large crowds, and don’t use the spray pads if you are sick or show symptoms of being sick.

Meanwhile, the city will be issuing permits by July 3 to sports teams to practise on city facilities, said Johnson.

He said the teams can only use the facilities for training purposes and not for scrimmages or games. The permits are only for daylight hours.

“It’s just a chance to get out and train,” he said.