The City of Edmonton Adds a Royal Touch to its Outdoor Pools
July 25, 2011
Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool is now playing host to swimmers and sunbathers alike in the heart of Edmonton’s beautiful river valley. Located in Kinsmen Park, the city’s newest outdoor pool provides a central location where Edmontonians can cool off on a hot summer day.
“It’s great to see the new Queen Elizabeth Pool open its doors to the public. It is an important part of Edmonton’s history, and is a wonderful resource for all Edmontonians,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “This new outdoor pool will be a fun, popular destination and is the best place in town to beat the heat.”
The new pool, which opened on July 18, replaces the original pool, built in 1922, which was closed in 2004 after a major crack developed in the pool basin. The project includes a 25-metre, six-lane pool with zero-depth entry to accommodate all ages and abilities, a diving component, pool house, sun deck. Also part of the project is a children’s spray park, which is set to open to the public later this summer.
With the ongoing support of the Friends of the Queen Elizabeth Pool Society and the community, the City of Edmonton relocated the pool in nearby Kinsmen Park. In its new location, Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool is integrated with the other attractions in Kinsmen Park such as the Kinsmen Sports Centre, Kinsmen Pitch and Putt, children’s playground, sports fields, picnic sites, river valley park trail system, and the John Walter Museum.
“The Queen Elizabeth Pool is an Edmonton landmark and our Government is proud to be a part of its renewal,” said the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “This facility will ensure that Edmontonians of all ages will be able to enjoy the pool for many years to come.”
“The government of Alberta is proud to be one of the partners in helping make this project a reality,” said Hector Goudreau, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Generations of families have enjoyed spending hot summer days at the Queen Elizabeth pool and by providing support for this upgraded community facility, that tradition is sure to continue.”
The City of Edmonton has been working hard over the past few years to fulfil the vision for a new Queen Elizabeth Pool, and the contributions from partner groups in the community and federal and provincial governments have helped make it materialize.
“This new pool will be a treasure for the citizens of Edmonton for years to come,” said John Stobbe, president of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Pool Society. “It has exceeded our expectations.”
The total cost for the pool and spray park is $7.07 million, with the City of Edmonton contributing $5.71 million, including $1.61 million from the Government of Alberta’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) fund. Through the efforts of the Friends of the Queen Elizabeth Pool Society, the Government of Canada contributed $1 million through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program, while the Government of Alberta also contributed $320,000 through the lottery-funded Community Facility Enhancement Program. The Friends contributed an additional $48,000 through fundraising efforts and community support.
Hours of operation at the pool are 11am to 7pm daily. On weekdays, the pool will open at 6 a.m. for two hours of lane swimming. Lane swim also takes place from 11am to 2pm weekdays and 9am to 11am on weekends. Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool will be closed only during extreme weather.
The new Queen Elizabeth Pool is located in Kinsmen Park at 9100 Walterdale Hill. For more information on the pool, please visit Queen Elizabeth Pool.
Demolition of the old pool is scheduled to start after the August long weekend, depending on the weather. A detailed plan to restore the site will be developed in the coming months.
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