The City of Brandon's Parks & Rec services has announced initial details of a modified outdoor water recreation program at the community's spray parks/paddling pools and outdoor pool this summer.
The department says management and staff have been working 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 plan for COVID-19. The City says all five of Brandon's spray park locations are tentatively scheduled to open for the summer 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 should 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 entry and exit points. City 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.
More information about the City of Brandon's COVID-19 pandemic response can be found at https://www.brandon.ca/covid-19-updates.