Fredericton splash pad, wading pools to remain closed for summer

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The City of Fredericton says the Wilmot Park Splash Pad and the city's nine wading pools will remain closed for the summer.

A release states the decision to close them was made after "careful consideration and was based on challenges to operate the facilities safely within a reasonable budget."

The city says physical distancing cannot be reasonably ensured given the younger user group, may high touch surfaces and water features that encourage children to gather.

Staffing and financial resources will instead be focused on opening the Fredericton Indoor Pool, Killarney Lake beach and the city's four outdoor pools.

The release says the outdoor pools will be modified to create a wading pool type section to compensate for the closure of the wading pools.

More information on new guidelines around the use City of Fredericton aquatic facilities and opening dates can be found on the City of Fredericton website.