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Simcoe Park wading pool open again this summer
The wading pool in Simcoe Park will open for the summer. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

The wading pool in Simcoe Park will soon be open for another season.

The pool will be available to the public starting Saturday, June 29, and will stay open seven days a week from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. until Labour Day.

The wading pool will be supervised by two attendants who will be paid minimum wage, said Kevin Turcotte, the town’s manager of parks and recreation.

“They’re summer staff so we bring them on to the wading pool. And they’re usually younger staff,” he said.

Turcotte couldn’t provide the cost of operating the wading pool, but said the town has “budgeted 1,220 hours for summer coverage with wading pool attendants.”

The water in the pool will be filtered throughout the day, and then drained and refilled in every night, said Turcotte.

Back in 2016, Niagara Region Public Health informed the town that a wading pool had to have a fence in order to comply with safety guidelines. Neither the municipal heritage committee nor councillors at the time supported the idea. The staff also proposed converting the wading pool into a splash pad to avoid installing a fence, but council voted down the idea, said Turcotte.

Instead, council at that time decided to hire two wading pool attendants and drain and fill the pool every day to comply with the regional guidelines.

NOTL will also spend $25,000 on installing a drain pipe for the pool. According to the staff’s 2019 budget report, the drain is undersized and takes a long time to drain. The project will increase the size of the pipe and connect the line to the sanitary system on King Street.

“There will be, hopefully, little disruption to the park,” Turcotte said.

Turcotte said this project will be completed before the wading pool opens.