Starting July 1st, four outdoor public pools in Edmonton will be open free of charge for the rest of the season. The special promotion is in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation. The four pools participating in this special promotion are Queen Elizabeth, Fred Broadstock, Mill Creek, and Oliver.

The idea was inspired by the federal government’s decision to make public parks across the country free to the public in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The city of Edmonton is hoping to encourage residents to engage with the local community and join in on the celebrations.

City staff have estimated that 89,000 people attended these four major pools throughout the season last summer. This special promotion is intended to help those who may not have the financial resources to go to the pool as often as they’d like. It’s a great opportunity to get some relief from the high temperatures this summer, especially during heat alerts. $20.50 is the usual cost for family entry to Edmonton’s major outdoor pools. Those who have already bought outdoor pool passes for the season will be fully reimbursed by the city of Edmonton.

While Edmonton will lose an estimated $350,000 in revenue by making these outdoor pools open for free, the city will recoup the costs from a special fund put aside to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday. Extra staff will be hired to manage the expected larger-the-usual crowds, including extra lifeguards to ensure safety. The staff must still respect the capacity limits of each pool, but visitors who are turned away will be encouraged to visit one of Edmonton’s 64 spray parks to cool down.

Take advantage of everything Edmonton has to offer this summer with free outdoor pool entry in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Before you get ready for some fun in the sun, visit us at Toothworks for the high quality dental checkup you need. Prevent any dental emergencies from ruining your summer plans with oral exams, teeth cleaning, and whitening services from Toothworks Dentistry. For more information, contact us today!