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Borden Natural Swimming Pool opens this summer.

Opening this summer, Borden Natural Swimming Pool is Edmonton’s newest summer destination.

Borden Natural Swimming Pool is Canada’s first public, man-made, natural swimming pool. It was developed as an alternative to traditional chemically-treated pools. 

A great family pool in beautiful Borden Park, it is surrounded by sand and plenty of lounge space with umbrellas, making it a perfect destination to enjoy a summer day.

As no chemicals are used to disinfect the water, the guidelines of the pool are different from other outdoor pools. Please read the pool guidelines before visiting the facility. 

For more history on the Borden Natural Swimming Pool project, visit the project page.

Free Pool Access

Access to the outdoor pools is free for the entire season which runs approximately from the May long weekend to the September long weekend (weather permitting).

Note: Exact opening dates vary depending on location. See Outdoor Pools for a list of all opening dates.

Pool Schedule

  Daily
Public Swim noon-8pm
Stat Holidays (Jul 2, Aug 6 and Sep 3, 2018) noon-8pm

Schedule is subject to change.

See also: Seasonal Drop-In Pool Schedules

Admission Desk Hours

From opening date - September 3, 2018 (Weather Dependent)

Monday noon-8pm
Tuesday noon-8pm
Wednesday noon-8pm
Thursday noon-8pm
Friday noon-8pm
Saturday noon-8pm
Sunday noon-8pm

Stat Holidays: noon-8pm (Jul 2, Aug 6 and Sep 3, 2018)

Pool Guidelines

In addition to City of Edmonton Recreation facility guidelines, these additional guidelines must be followed to keep the facility clean and open:

  • Do not swim if you have been sick in the last 2 weeks or have open wounds.
  • Wear proper swim attire:
    • Swim diapers for toddlers and babies
    • Swimwear with a liner made for the purpose of swimming
    • No athletic shorts or underwear is allowed in the water
  • Have a head-to-toe soaking shower before entering the water. This helps remove contaminants you may bring into the water including soap, lotion, sunscreen and laundry detergent.
  • Rinse off as much of the soap as possible when having a shower.
  • Use only phosphate free sunscreen.
  • Glass containers are not permitted.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • Food and street shoes are not permitted near the water.
  • Please tell a staff member if you think you or your child may have accidentally contaminated the water.
  • Throw your garbage in the trash to help keep the facility clean and pest-free.

How is it Cleaned?

Borden depends on rock filters and natural processes in the regeneration basin to clean the water instead of using chemicals. 

Water in Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool is treated by replicating naturally occurring filtration.  

The water purification system includes:

  • The Neptune Filter: Layers of granite rock filter the water to remove big particles like leaves, dissolved solids and larger organic materials. A biofilm on top of the rock filters out smaller microorganisms.
  • Hydrobotanical beds: In these “constructed wetlands”, plants filter phosphates, nitrogen, carbon dioxide and other contaminants from the water.
  • Intense ultraviolet from the sun controls bacteria levels before water is recirculated into the public basins.  

Notifications

Location

Map of 7615 Borden Park Road NW
7615 Borden Park Road NW
Edmonton, Alberta

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For More Information

Telephone

311

Email 311@edmonton.ca

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