First wave of Ottawa wading pools opened today

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City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa opened 20 of its 56 wading pools today. Most of the remaining wading pools will open by Friday, June 29.

For the best information on the opening date of your favourite wading pool go to ottawa.ca/recreation. Please note there are also two sets of closing dates this year: August 17, 2012 for the pools opening today and August 22, for those opening later.

Also check the schedule for special event days at your favourite wading pools. Special events are held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and feature arts and crafts, games, prizes, and lots of time to stay cool in the pool! Six of those special event days will feature a free barbecue lunch and a performance by local entertainers from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please remember...

• Operating hours vary. Check the schedule.

• The opening of wading pools is dependent on the weather. If the weather looks uncertain, call the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590 to find out if the wading pool is open that day.

• Visitors are reminded to abide by admission requirements and water safety rules.