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Al Anderson Memorial Pool to Open on June 29

Date

For Immediate Release

Safety Plan and Procedures are in place to keep you safe

Langley City, BC – Al Anderson Memorial Pool will open June 29 with enhanced first aid, heightened lifeguard rescue procedures, and reduced swimming hours and capacities, including distance markings. Swimming lessons will not be offered this summer due to COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions; however, public swimming and fitness classes will be permitted with the following pool patron maximums to keep the community safe:

  • 71 people for public swims, including the deck and bleachers
  • 32 people (4 per lane) for length swims
  • 39 people for Shallow Aquafit classes
  • 11 people for Deep Aquafit

Showers will be available on the pool deck. Langley City encourages patrons to shower at home before, and after swimming since access to the change rooms is limited to a one-way flow to encourage physical distancing. Lockers will also not be available during this time.

Patrons are now able to reserve their spot, up to an hour before the start of our public swims, length swims, and Aquafit classes through our online recreation registration system or by phoning Al Anderson Memorial Pool at 604.514.2860 starting on June 24. The public may also call Timms Community Centre (604.514.2940) or Douglas Recreation Centre (604.514.2865) to reserve in advance. To see the full swimming schedule, visit langleycity.ca.

“We are now in Phase 2 of the BC Restart Plan, and I would like to thank all of you for your commitment to keeping fellow citizens safe and healthy by following the Provincial Health Officer’s orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. By working together and bending the curve, we can get back to some sort of new normal”, said Mayor Val van den Broek. “As we continue to reopen more services, facilities, and amenities, please be patient as your health and safety is our number one priority.”

“Based on the information provided by our local health authorities, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus can spread through the water at pools, hot tubs, or spray parks, and proper disinfection of these aquatic venues should inactivate the virus. I hope this information will encourage residents to enjoy our aquatic facility,” said Karlo Tamondong, Recreation Supervisor.

The opening of Al Anderson Memorial Pool complies with Phase 2 of British Columbia’s Restart Plan, the BC & Yukon Lifesaving Society recommendations for safe lifeguard operations, as well as guidelines developed by the Regional Health Authorities, Ministry of Health, and the BC Centre for Disease Control. 

For more information, contact Karlo Tamondong, Recreation Supervisor at 604-514-2867 or ktamondong@langleycity.ca 

Stay Informed

Many city services continue to be available by phone, email and online. For information, visit langleycity.ca/covid-19 or follow Langley City on social media.

For all health-related concerns, the public is advised to call 811, the Government of Canada's novel coronavirus telephone information line a: 1-833-784-4397, or to contact their health-care provider or local public health office.

For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community from COVID-19, and to use the online self-assessment tool, visit BC Centre for Disease Control at www.bccdc.ca.

Media Inquiries:

Samantha Paulson
Communications Officer
City of Langley
604.514.2823

spaulson@langleycity.ca