Splash Pad and Wading Pools to Remain Closed for the Summer

In response to the Province’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan, City staff have made the difficult decision that the Wilmot Park Splash Pad and the nine wading pools operated by the City will remain closed for the summer.

The City recognizes that these facilities are important recreation destinations for families. The decision to close them was made after careful consideration and was based on challenges to operate the facilities safely within a reasonable budget.

Although splash pads can be opened according to the Government of New Brunswick’s current recovery phase, they can only be opened if physical distancing of two metres can be maintained. City staff considered a number of scenarios under these guidelines, but ultimately decided that physical distancing cannot be reasonably ensured given the young user group, many high touch surfaces, and water features that encourage children to gather. It’s also difficult to create a perimeter to limit gathering in and around the splash pad and to limit entry. Wading pools pose similar challenges in managing physical distancing.

The City has decided instead to invest its staffing and financial resources into opening the Fredericton Indoor Pool, Killarney Lake Beach and the City’s four outdoor pools. Each of the outdoor pools will be modified to create a wading pool type section to compensate for the closure of the wading pools. For more information on new guidelines around use of City aquatic facilities and opening dates visit our website.