PITT MEADOWS, BC – The City has made the difficult decision to not open the Harris Road Outdoor Pool this summer due to a number of logistical and safety concerns.
“We know how much community members look forward to using the pool in the summer, so this was a tough decision for Council” said Mayor Bill Dingwall. “Through discussions with staff, we realized that the size of our pool wouldn’t accommodate social distancing measures, and the safety of residents and staff is paramount to the City.”
The Harris Road Outdoor Pool is typically open from July 1 to the Labour Day Long Weekend in September and is managed on behalf of the municipality by Recreation Excellence.
Despite the Province of B.C. announcement to relax some COVID-19 pandemic restrictions through the phased BC Restart Plan, the decision to not open the pool was made early, because it takes time to prepare the pool for the season and is based on:
- the small size of the pool, which would make social distancing difficult for staff and patrons;
- information pending from the Province about levels of cleaning required for facilities;
- the inability to offer swimming lessons or other programming, as a result of social distancing requirements; and
- potential issues with staffing, as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Additional announcements about other Pitt Meadows outdoor facilities will be made in the coming weeks.
Contacting the City
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Manager of Communications & Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows