Vancouver’s Kitsilano pool to reopen with capacity limits after storm repairs

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After weeks of repairs, Vancouver’s Kitsilano Pool is set to reopen to a limited number of swimmers this weekend.

The city’s park council said Tuesday the pool will be partially open for public swimming on Saturday, months after the site was damaged in a severe winter storm in January.

“As the weather has remained constantly dry [over the past month]the necessary maintenance and repairs have been able to take place,” reads a press release from the board of directors.

There will only be a limited number of swimmers allowed in the pool over the long weekend. After the weekend, starting Tuesday, workers will decide daily how many swimmers to allow in the pool based on staff availability.

The statement said the city does not have enough staff to fully open the pool with the correct visitor-to-rescuer ratio.

“Similar to other municipalities in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver is experiencing a staff shortage…While Kits Pool may appear to have room for those waiting in line, pool capacity is not based on size of the facility itself,” the statement read. Lily.

The council said there will be space for pool stops, but places are not guaranteed. Reservations open online three days in advance at noon.

The pool was significantly damaged by a rising tide and storm surge during a severe winter storm on January 7.

At the time, the council said water had risen over the sea wall and into the Kitsilano Pool. At one point, the Kitsilano Showboat Community Stage was surrounded by water.

Cracks were found in the bottom of the pool tank. The council said people swimming in the recently reopened pool might see dark marks on the floor that look like dirt but are actually spots of sealant used to temporarily fill cracks.

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