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Minoru pool to open Sept. 21

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 1:05 PDT, Thu September 10, 2020

After extensive delays, the Minoru Centre for Active Living will open its indoor aquatic centre on Sept. 21.

The aquatic centre comprises six bodies of water including Canada’s largest hot tub and the Polar Plunge, the country’s only municipal cold plunge pool with a refreshing temperature of 15 degrees. 

“The Minoru Centre for Active Living is a facility that everyone in the city can be proud of and we are delighted to finally be able to showcase its many features,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “While we are only able to provide access in a controlled manner right now due to our COVID-19 safety protocols, we encourage everyone to take some time to come and experience the centre themselves.”

The facility boasts a 650 square metre (7,000 square foot) leisure pool featuring a Mega Drop Bucket, a rapid flowing River Channel, a slide and an Errant Rain Cloud shower. Two 25 metre pools with 14 lanes provide a variety of opportunities for recreational and lane swimming, as well as aqua fit classes, while an over water climbing wall, drop slide and diving board also provide a myriad of options for water lovers of all ages. 

In keeping with COVID-19 protocols, the aquatic centre will open with reduced capacity and pre-registration will be required for 75-minute swim sessions. Limited drop-in spaces will also be available each session on a first come first serve basis. Registration for opening day will begin next Monday at 10 a.m. with the following options:

• Online at richmond.ca/register using your MyRichmond account. New accounts can be set up in advance at myrichmond.richmond.ca.

• By calling the registration call centre at 604-276-4300.

Registration for the following week’s session will be available at 10 a.m. on the Monday before. Recreation access card holders and recreation fee subsidy users are asked to call the registration call centre to book a swim session.

The Minoru Centre for Active Living aquatic centre will be open from 6 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Sundays and statutory holidays. The adjoining fitness centre will also see expanded operating hours, opening to the public on a pre-registration basis for the same hours as the aquatic centre.

The city will also open the indoor pool at Watermania to provide training opportunities for regular aquatic rental groups such as swim clubs.

For more information on the Minoru aquatic centre, its features and the safety protocols required for users, please visit www.richmond.ca/minorupools.

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