May 18, 2017 7:30 pm
Updated: May 23, 2017 2:47 pm

2 Edmonton outdoor pools open in time for May long weekend

Wayne Strach trains at Fred Broadstock Outdoor Swimming Pool ahead of a record attempt swim in B.C.

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With warm temperatures in the forecast this May long weekend, the City of Edmonton is opening a couple of the local outdoor pools.

Fred Broadstock and Queen Elizabeth outdoor pools will be open for the season on Saturday morning.

Fred Broadstock will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for public swim. Queen Elizabeth will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for lane swim and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for public swim.

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“We do a whole lot of work prepping them, painting them, getting all the mechanical systems ready,” said Shauna Graham with the City of Edmonton.

“Historically, we always try to get at least one open on the May long weekend. However, Mother Nature doesn’t usually cooperate with us. This year it appears that she is and we have two facilities ready to go.”

The spray park at Queen Elizabeth is already open.

“It’s fun. It’s exciting. It’s an opportunity to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. We usually wait a long time for our few months of summer,” Graham said.

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The remaining outdoor pools will open early next month. Mill Creek pool is set to open on June 1, while Oliver pool is scheduled to open on June 10.

Borden Park Outdoor Pool is closed for construction, which is expected to be complete this year.

Temperatures are expected to hover in the high teens or low to mid-20s throughout the long weekend. A high of 22 C is expected on Saturday and Sunday. Monday is expected to reach temperatures of 24 C.

The City of Edmonton is scheduled to release further details about the summer pool season on Friday afternoon.

For a full list of hours, visit the city’s website.

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