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City of Brandon Offering Modified Outdoor Water Recreation Program


June 16, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brandon, MB – City of Brandon Parks & Recreation Services is very pleased to be able to announce initial details of a modified outdoor water recreation program at the community’s spray parks/paddling pools and outdoor pool this summer.

Parks & Recreation Services management and staff have been working diligently over the past number of weeks to create a program delivery model for its five spray parks and one outdoor pool that responsibly adheres to the Manitoba Government’s Restoring Safe Services Together plan for COVID-19 recovery. Pending final approval by Manitoba Health officials, all five of Brandon’s spray parks locations will open for summer operation on Monday, June 29th, while an opening date for Kinsmen Pool in Rideau Park is anticipated for early July.

Spray parks will operate daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. through June and July, and then daily from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. through to the end of August. Kinsmen Pool will operate daily through July and August from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A full list of spray park locations and 2020 Kinsmen Pool rates can be found at https://www.brandon.ca/summer-recreation/spray-parks-paddle-pools.

Spray parks will be accessible to the public during operating hours at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Families will want to take note that a number of COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place at all spray park locations, including reduced capacity within the spray park pad itself and identified queuing/entry/exit points. City of Brandon staff will be providing active supervision on-site to ensure adherence to these safety protocols, and signage will be installed at all sites and at washroom buildings to inform the public about these COVID-19-related guidelines and restrictions. Parents and guardians should also note that Brandon’s spray park equipment and pool facility will not receive any extra sanitizing attention during the season’s operations.

City of Brandon Parks & Recreation Services thanks all spray park and pool users in advance for their cooperation as staff work to balance the community’s desire for summer outdoor recreation with the municipality’s ongoing pandemic response. More information about the City of Brandon’s COVID-19 pandemic response can be found at https://www.brandon.ca/covid-19-updates.