City of Edmonton outdoor pools to open with a splash for 2024 season
May 9, 2024

Just in time for the May long weekend, Edmontonians can enjoy outdoor swimming when Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool opens Saturday, May 18, weather and air quality permitting.

Outdoor pools

Fred Broadstock is scheduled to open on Saturday, May 25. Wîhkwêntôwin Outdoor Pool, meaning ‘circle of friends’, (formerly Oliver) and Borden Natural Swimming Pool, are scheduled to open in June. Wîhkwêntôwin Outdoor Pool is celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2024. The occasion will be celebrated with special festivities, and details will be announced closer to the date.

Mill Creek Outdoor Pool is scheduled to open summer 2024, after four years of rehabilitation work. The re-opening event details will be announced closer to opening day. 

Timed reservation entries will be available seven days in advance of each pool’s opening date, starting Saturday, May 11 for Queen Elizabeth outdoor pool.

Although reservations are not required, patrons can guarantee access to public swim at the time of their choosing by reserving a time on Reservations are encouraged to avoid lines during public swims and enhance the overall experience.

Reservations are not available for lane swimming. Swim start times and schedules are also available to view on MoveLearnPlay. There will be four timed entry opportunities at each site during the day. Drop-in access will be dependent on the site capacity minus the timed entry opportunities.

2024 admission prices apply. Outdoor Pools can be accessed at the Value level admission, but do not include any instructor-led activities. Benefit Plus level memberships include outdoor pool programs. Children under two can access outdoor pools for free. 
Admission to outdoor pools is included with all City of Edmonton Recreation Centre memberships, including the Summer Child and Youth Passes.

The Summer Child and Youth Passes are available for purchase between June 11- August 31, 2024. It is $25 per month for children aged 2-12 and $35 per month for youth aged 13-17.

City Hall Fountain

Celebrate the arrival of summer and the opening of the City Hall Fountain. The fountain opens starting Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, weather permitting. Splash Day is scheduled on Saturday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More details will be announced closer to the event date. 

Changes to operating hours or inclement weather closures

Operating hours are subject to change, and pools or City Hall Fountain may close due to air quality or inclement or extreme weather including heavy rain or lightning. Outdoor pools may also be impacted by bookings. Check Facility Notifications for the latest status. The status is updated daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Outdoor pool closures are determined by temperature (below 18 °C ) and City Fountain (below 12°C).

The City of Edmonton follows best practices with respect to aquatic safety and is committed to providing a safe and fun experience for everyone who uses aquatic facilities. Visit the Recreation Facility Safety Guidelines webpage for more information on how to stay safe in and around the water. 

Edmonton is providing inclusive opportunities for outdoor recreation and fun with water. Through five outdoor pools, City Hall Fountain and 73 spray parks, Edmonton is providing great opportunities to gather and create communities.
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