The Grande Prairie outdoor swimming pool celebrates its 60th anniversary

The Muskoseepi Park Pool will celebrate 60 years of service to the community on July 16.

The town offers a free public swim on the 16th, as well as hourly giveaways and a grand 1960s-themed prize pack.

“The facility is a summertime staple for recreation and theater in Grande Prairie, and we look forward to celebrating the next 60 years,” said Mayor Jackie Clayton.

The pool opened in July 1962 and was called Bear Creek Pool. According to the city, it welcomed 55,000 visitors in its first summer of operation.

During last week’s (July 5) Community Services meeting, City Council. Grant Berg thanked previous councils for saving the pool with his decision to restore it instead of replacing it.

“I love this mid-century modern architecture and just see the point of having an outdoor pool.”

Since 1962, the swimming pool has undergone renovations.

In 2013, the pool received the addition of a paddling pool, zero beach, Spanish steps, water lily islands, waterslide and green space.

A new change this year is the increase in pool water temperature, which the city says will make it more comfortable for all ages.

Although entry to the pool is free this Saturday, donations will be accepted for Rising Above Aquatics. A barbecue will be available from noon to 9:30 p.m.

The city asks customers to respect the time slots for public swimming, which allows time for cleaning between each time slot.

Pool time slots are two hours, with opening hours at noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

“Visitors are encouraged to come to the outdoor pool at the start of a new timeslot as the outdoor pool is accessible only and seating is limited,” the city said.

The city is giving away free pool passes on its social media pages as part of the celebrations.

Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News

Richard F. Gandhi