Summer 2020 Swimming Information
Staff have reviewed the details of the new guidelines from the province and have established a plan for reopening indoor pools that meets all public health requirements.
The below indoor pools will reopen as follows:
Sackville Sports Stadium – Monday, July 27
Captain William Spry Community Centre – Saturday, August 8
Needham Community Centre – Tuesday, September 8
To ensure that restrictions on group gathering sizes and physical distancing are maintained, all activities in the pool will be booked online. Sign in or register for your myREC account to choose the facility and available bookings of your choice.
Municipal partner recreation facilities (i.e. Canada Games Centre, Cole Harbour Place, Zatzman Sportsplex, etc.) have started the first phase of reopening. Please contact each facility directly for information about pool re-opening dates and protocols.
Due to the time required to recruit and train lifeguards, the maintenance required to open pools and the restrictions of social distancing which drastically reduces the number of swimmers allowed in the pool at once, the Halifax Common, Bedford and Cole Harbour outdoor pools will not be opening for the 2020 season.
Splashpads, Beaches and Water Testing
The following splashpads are now open:
- Halifax Common
- George Dixon Centre
- Isleville Street
- Sackville (Kinsmen)
Details and hours of operation can be found here.
All municipal beaches are open and lifeguards will be onsite until August 31. More information on Halifax’s supervised beaches, outdoor pools and spray pads can be found here.
Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised beaches during the summer months. Please note that there will no longer be water testing taking place at Black Rock beach, Dingle beach, Kinsmen beach and Government Wharf. Water quality testing will continue at Malay Falls beach, even though it is unsupervised this summer.
High bacteria levels can be caused by a number of factors, including dogs, birds, wildlife, and high temperatures. Staff will continue testing the water until bacteria levels return to safe levels. The municipality will advise residents when beaches close and reopen.