With the provincial reopening roadmap lifting restrictions on outdoor activities, the city is planning to reopen and operate the Kinsmen waterpark this summer. Last year with more stringent capacity rules, it didn’t make financial sense to open up the park. When the province enters phase one this weekend, that capacity limit will be set at 100, going up to 150 or higher in phase two.
“Our targeted first day of the waterpark is the first Friday in June,” director of community services Jody Boulet said.
“The plan is to fully operate the waterpark with those capacity limits.”
Swim times will need to be booked in advance online. After-hours private rentals will be available starting June 8 for the 5:30-7 p.m timeslot. Summer swimming lessons are being reviewed based on SHA guidelines, with an update expected in June.
The daily times for public swimming at the Kinsmen Water Park will be: 12:30-2:00 p.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m. with the 5:30-7:00 p.m. time available from June 4th to 7th. Lane swim times will be 6;00-7:30 a.m., 8:00-9:30 a.m. and 10:00-11:30 a.m. daily. These times are subject to change throughout the season. Registration fee is $6.50/person (2+).
Online registration for public and lane swimming will begin on Monday at 9 a.m. with pone registration starting at noon. After-hours rentals begin online on May 21 at noon as well. The rental fee is $325.
Spray parks will open in early June as well. Boulet said the city needs the ground to thaw some more so the parks can be turned on safely without doing any damage. The targeted opening date is June 1.
He also said that with this week’s announcement allowing outdoor sports in phase one, he’s been working with local minor sports organizations to help facilitate an outdoor season this year.
‘We’re not calling it a normal season, but it’s closer to one compared to last year,” Boulet said.