Two City of Cambridge pools to open July 4; registration for lessons opens July 7 at noon

Posted on Thursday July 02, 2020

With new safety guidelines in place, the John Dolson and Ed Newland pools will be opening to the public on Saturday, July 4 and will host both recreational swims and lessons.

“Swimming is such an integral part of summer so I’m happy to see two of our pools re-opening to the public,” says Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “As with many of our services during this pandemic, it’s often challenging to find a balance that provides options to the community while still ensuring the highest level of safety. With opening these pools with modified programming, our staff have done just that. Lessons will go forward and the community will be able to enjoy recreational swim times but in a way that’s safe and sustainable for all.”

Swim lessons will be modified to follow guidelines and health precautions as set out by the Province of Ontario and Waterloo Regional Public Health, including lower ratios and capacity, physical distancing, mandatory health screenings, and enhanced facility cleaning.

With smaller capacity, swim lesson registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for all lessons opens on Tuesday, July 7 at noon, either online at or in person at City Hall.

Recreational swims will also be available with strict protocols on pool admission and exit, physical distancing and program size limits. Some new procedures that swimmers can expect include:

  • All programs will have a maximum capacity based on physical distancing requirements. Residents are encouraged to book their time spot in advance by visiting
  • Changing rooms and locker facilities will not be available. Swimmers are asked to enter and exit the facility with their bathing suit on.
  • There will be no City equipmentavailable for use. Swimmers may bring their own equipment (e.g., flutter board, noodle), which will need to be approved by City staff prior to use.
  • Shower facilities are to be used before entering the pool.
  • Washroom facilities will be available as needed, limited to one customer at a time.

For more details including fees and schedules, visit

Staff are also working to reopen the city’s three largest spraypads at Forbes Park, Churchill Park and Riverside Park. They are expected to open around July 6 pending Public Health approval. For updates, visit

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, further changes may be necessary at a future date. The City is committed to providing recreation opportunities and will continue working to develop alternative solutions whenever possible.


Primary media contact

Erin Haase
Communications Advisor
City of Cambridge