With half the number of lifeguards they need to operate full-time, Meadow Park is considering six options in the short-term until more lifeguards can be trained locally or recruited. All options involve a reduction in pool access.
The options include:
1. Sessional swim for the fall, with no public pool access during lessons
2. Cutting back opening or closing hours
3. Cutting leisure pool hours
4. Cutting lap pool hours
5. Closing one day per week
6. Reducing or not offering swim lessons or other programs
One or more of these options will likely be in place when the pool reopens to the public on Oct. 6, after being closed in recent weeks for annual maintenance. Efforts are being made to balance the needs of drop-in pool users with swimming programs.
Meadow Park has also received a lot of interest in a program that would train and certify lifeguards to Canadian and provincial requirements for free, and expects to finalize details about the training programs soon.
As for what happens next week, Meadow Park expects to make decisions over the weekend. Hours of operation will be updated daily on Meadow Park’s information line, 604-935-PLAY (7529).