Nelson pool will not open at all this summer.

News 100 redBy Staff

August 11, 2015


The  Nelson Pool will not be opened at all this summer and into the immediate future due to structural tank deterioration.

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Nelson Outdoor Pool, which first opened in 1963, was scheduled to open again this summer. As part of preparing for the summer opening, city staff conducted a pool inspection after the winter season. The pool tank’s structure is made of steel and is fitted with a commercial grade pool liner. The steel structure has corroded beyond repair and has been deemed unsafe for public use by a structural engineer. Attempts were made to see if any short term solutions could be found for this summer season however, repair measures were too extensive. The tank was scheduled for replacement in the capital budget in 2019.

“The pool was to reopen June 13, but with two severe winter seasons back-to-back, the steel tank at Nelson Pool has seen an accelerated rate of deterioration,” said Chris Glenn, director of parks and recreation. “Ensuring public safety is our top priority, and thus the need to keep Nelson Pool closed. Plans were made to accommodate program participants and renters at other city pools.”

Accommodations have been made to offer additional recreational swimming times and lessons at other city pools. Nelson Wading Pool and Splash Pad are open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Sept. 7, 2015.

Staff will conduct a formal review this fall of Burlington pool users’ needs with a primary focus on summer use. The review will analyze the impacts of Nelson pool being closed and will compare user data from previous years. Capital works will prepare preliminary design and cost scenarios for consideration.

The city will ask pool users and the community for feedback that will be taken into consideration when staff make a formal recommendation to committee and council later in the year.


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2 comments to Nelson pool will not open at all this summer.

  • Mary Henderson

    Would love to see this pool open again and I believe Burlington should have one more outdoor pool besides Nelson and Mountainside given the population. I wonder how the city will review user needs ?

  • Yvonne

    Shame they had to close this popular outdoor pool in the summer. Love how the City will be doing a review of user needs especially with outdoor pools. Like we are going swimming at an outdoor pool in the winter