For years opening day at Kitsilano Pool has marked the unofficial start of summer in Kits.
This year with summer gatherings being cancelled across the city, we’ll have to check the calendar just to be sure summer has begun.
Last year Kits Pool opened on May 18th and closed for the season on September 15th. And we were set for an even longer swim season this year thanks to Park Board Commissioner John Irwin.
Last fall Irwin brought forward a motion to pilot an outdoor pool season extension that would allow Kits pool to open two or three weeks earlier in the spring and stay open three or four weeks later in the fall.
That prospect seems like a dream today.
While Dr. Bonnie Henry hasn’t made an official announcement on outdoor pools yet, it is safe to say that Vancouver’s only heated saltwater swimming pool won’t be opening anytime soon.
Last modified: June 1, 2020