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Wading Pools

Select outdoor pools and wading pools will be opening as early as July 3, with staggered openings for locations throughout the city, as soon as they become operational  as per the Province of Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services Plan. Capacity will be limited to ensure social distancing guidelines are maintained. Residents are asked to book two hour swim blocks and self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before booking, and will undergo screening upon entry to a facility. Individuals will be required to maintain a distance of at least two metres from each other during their visit, with the exception of members of the same household.

Beginning July 1, 2020, residents will be able to pre-book their two-hour swim blocks for select locations by contacting 311 or through leisureONLINE. Registration for swim blocks will become available as each amenity is approved to open.

Certaines piscines extérieures et pataugeoires ouvriront à partir du 3 juillet de manière progressive dès qu’elles satisfont aux conditions du Plan de rétablissement sécuritaire des services de la Province du Manitoba. Le nombre de personnes admises en même temps sera limité pour que les mesures d’éloignement physique puissent être respectées. Les membres du public sont priés de s’inscrire à l’avance dans les blocs de deux heures et de s’assurer qu’ils n’ont pas de symptômes du COVID-19, et ils seront soumis à une évaluation avant d’entrer dans l’installation. Les gens devront se tenir à au moins deux mètres les uns des autres pendant leur visite à moins d’être du même ménage.

À partir du 1er juillet 2020, il sera possible de se préinscrire dans les plages horaires de natation de deux heures. Il faut pour cela communiquer avec le 311 ou visiter loisirsenligne. Il sera possible de s’inscrire dans les plages horaires au fur et à mesure qu’on approuvera l’ouverture de ces installations.

Come splash with us! Wading pools are free of charge for children 12 and under and their parent/guardian to enjoy, except where paid admission is required; St. Vital Outdoor Pool.


Select wading pools set to open July 3, and are available for booking, include:

  • Berkshire Park, 40 Berkshire Bay
  • Braeside Park, 595 Louelda St.
  • Broadway, 185 Young St.
  • Bronx Park CC, 720 Henderson Hwy.
  • Dakota, 1188 Dakota St.
  • Dufferin Park, 605 Alexander Ave.
  • Harrow Park, 1000 Harrow Ave.
  • Home Playground, 772 Sargent Ave.
  • John Yuzyk Park, 665 Radford St.
  • Kapyong, 340 Amherst St.
  • Keenleyside Park, 480 Keenleyside Ave.
  • McKittrick, 790 Rathgar Ave.
  • Montrose Park, 631 Montrose St.
  • Northwood CC, 1415 Burrows Ave.
  • Robert A. Steen, 980 Palmerston Ave.
  • River Osborne, 466 Gertrude Ave.
  • Shaughnessy Park WP, 74 Tyndall Ave.
  • Southdale CC, 254 Lakewood Blvd.
  • Sturgeon Heights, 210 Rita St.
  • St. John’s Park, 1 Fowler St.
  • Vimy Ridge Memorial Park, 821 Preston Ave.
  • Walsall, 2099 Manitoba Ave.
  • Weston Park, 299 Lock St.
  • West Kildonan CC WP, 346 Perth Ave.
  • Westdale WP, 550 Dale Blvd.

Check back for updates on wading pools open for registration.

Admission Requirements

Wading Pools have a maximum depth of 45 - 60 cm (18 - 24 inches). They are designed for children 12 years and under that meet Admission Requirements.

Children under 7 years of age must have a parent or guardian 12 years of age or older actively supervising them at the pool. Parents/Guardians have an important role in their children's safe enjoyment at any recreational water facility.

Pre-registration for a swim block is required. Register online or by calling 311. Beginning July 1, 2020, residents will be able to pre-book their two-hour swim blocks for select locations by contacting 311 or through leisureONLINE.

A leisureONLINE Account is required. Customers will need to add family members to their account in order to book swim blocks for family members.

Registration swim blocks will update weekly, for a week at a time.

Social distancing is required and individuals must maintain a distance of at least two metres from every other individual while queuing to enter the pool, on the pool deck, and in the water; however, this does not apply to people who can demonstrate that they are living together in the same household.

Customers will be asked to use the self-assessment symptom checklist at the time of pre-booking, and before entering the pool. Anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to enter.

Limited use of washrooms will be available.

Wading Pool Rules

For the safety and enjoyment of all participants, Wading Pool Rules apply at all wading pools.

Wading Pool Closures

Information about wading pool closures can be found at the top of this page. Check back regularly to stay updated.

A wading pool may be closed throughout the day if any of the following conditions arise:

  • The weather turns to thundershowers during the day.
  • Lightning and/or thunder are present.
  • Water, electricity, access to a phone for emergencies, first aid kit or washroom facilities are not available.
  • Foreign material such as glass, fecal matter, vomit, animals or blood is found in the wading pool water and has the potential to affect pool water clarity and quality.
  • Maintenance issues.
  • Pool water clarity or quality does not meet Manitoba Public Health Act standards.

Help Prevent Pool Closures

  • Avoid eating one hour prior to swimming to avoid upset stomach
  • Ensure that children are taken to the washroom prior to swimming and frequently take breaks during swimming
  • Non-toilet trained infants/toddlers and participants who experience incontinence must wear the appropriate leak-proof garments
  • Participants should not swim if they feel ill, have an upset stomach, diarrhea or have vomited in the past day
  • Change diapers in the change rooms (not pool side) and dispose of them properly
  • Wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers

Pool closures are a result of the contamination of pool water by fecal matter and vomit or reduced water clarity. Water quality must be within the appropriate range set by the Public Health Act before swimmers can enter the pool.

Last update: July 6, 2020

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