Major Toronto outdoor pool to remain shut for the summer


A major summer attraction in eastern Toronto will be delayed in opening this year, after the city says it discovered damage to the liners at the Donald D. Summerville Pool.

Staff uncovered issues with Summerville’s 25-meter training pool as well as its 50-meter Olympic pool while preparing to open the facility near Woodbine Beach Park for the season. According to the city, the problem was caused by inclement winter weather.

The city says it’s expediting a replacement liner for the smaller pool, and hopes to open it by the end of July. But the Olympic pool won’t open at all this year because staff “cannot successfully source and install the pool’s liner in time.” The liner repair will be completed as part of a larger enhancement project in 2023.

The city says the washrooms and food vendor at the pool will remain operational.

Ten city pools are scheduled to open on limited schedules this Saturday. Full schedules at all pools are set to start June 30.

Ben Spurr is a Toronto-based reporter covering city hall and municipal politics for the Star. Reach him by email at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter: @BenSpurr

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