You can swim until almost midnight at these Toronto public pools

Jul 6 2020, 1:50 pm

The City of Toronto has extended hours at eight public pools to help residents cool off during the extreme heat wave that continues this week.

Environment Canada issued a Heat Warning for Toronto ahead of multiple days of feels-like temperatures hovering around 40°C.

And with that, the public pool hours at select locations have been extended.

Torontonians can swim until 11:45 pm tonight at the following outdoor pools on July 6:

• Alex Duff Pool, 779 Crawford St.
• Earlscourt Park/Giovanni Caboto Pool, 1369 St. Clair Ave. W.
• McGregor Park, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
• Monarch Park, 115 Felstead Ave.
• Parkway Forest, 55 Forest Manor Rd.
• Smithfield Park, 175 Mount Olive Dr.
• Sunnyside Park/Gus Ryder Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
• Alexandra Park, 275 Bathurst St.

“In order to allow for physical distancing due to COVID-19, the capacity at outdoor pools is reduced to 25%,” said the City.

“This restricts the number of people that can be in the pool. Staff have worked closely with Toronto Public Health to meet guidelines to ensure people can swim safely at outdoor pools. When patrons visit the City’s outdoor pools they will be required to sign-in, providing their first name and an email or phone number to facilitate Toronto Public Health contact tracing, should it be required. Leisure swims will continue to be prioritized to ensure as many swimmers as possible have the opportunity to cool off. Swimmers will be limited to 45-minute sessions to allow for cleaning.”

The decision to extend pool hours is made daily when an Extended Heat Warning is in effect. With humidex values expected to reach the 40ºCs this week, this likely isn’t the last time late-night swimming will be an option this summer week.