UPDATE - November 25: Swindells leisure pool is open
Swindells leisure pool is open! After working with Alberta Health Services over the course of the closure, we are happy to share that the pool is healthy, safe and ready for bathers! All leisure pool activities and scheduled swimming lessons will return to their normal schedule. Visit www.activeokotoks.ca for further details.
We continue to make the health and safety of all facility users a top priority. Let’s work together to keep our aquatics facilities clean and enjoyable for all to use. As you return to the Aquatics Centre, please remember these pool health tips:
- Take a thorough, cleansing shower before entering the pool. This includes using soap
- Do not wear outdoor footwear in the change rooms or on the pool deck
- Strollers and wheelchairs can be swapped out for clean pool deck options provided by the Town
- Please thoroughly wash bathing suits that have been worn in other locations before wearing them in the pool
Thank you for your patience while we worked to safely reopen Swindells leisure pool.
UPDATE - November 22
Swindells leisure pool will remain closed as we work with Alberta Health Services to make certain that the pool's water health meets Alberta Pool standards. The Riley Minue Pool, hot tub and sauna remain open. We will continue to contact pool users and adjust program schedules as needed. Thank you Okotoks for your patience while we work towards safely reopening the Swindells pool. Updates will be provided as soon as they are available on okotoks.ca and Town socials.
Riley Minue pool, hot tub and sauna remain open
In cooperation with Alberta Health Services (AHS), Swindell’s leisure pool is temporarily closed, effective immediately. A mechanical issue with the chlorine system during overnight periods led to a recent water sample testing outside of normal parameters. AHS has advised Town administration that there is minimal risk to the public who recently visited Swindells pool as sanitizing levels were maintained during public hours.
“The health and safety of our community is our top priority, and as such, the decision to close the pool has been made in accordance with industry standards and guidelines,” says Daniel Robinson, Town of Okotoks recreation operations manger. “Routine water quality testing revealed higher than acceptable levels of heterotrophic plate count (HPC), necessitating immediate action to address and rectify the situation.”
Town staff have worked diligently to correct the issue and a new water sample has been sent for lab testing. Swindells pool will reopen once water quality is back to the required safety standards. The Riley Minue pool, hot tub and sauna are not affected and will remain open. We are also working to adjust scheduling for swimming lessons. If you are not contacted by the Town, then your swimming lessons will continue as scheduled but will be moved to the Riley Minue Pool.
We understand the inconvenience this may cause, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we prioritize the health and safety of everyone who enjoys our aquatic facilities. Stay informed on the progress of the situation and the anticipated reopening date at okotoks.ca or visit our socials for the latest updates.