The Selkirk Pool will stay open until Sept. 8 this year, providing 13 extra days of swimming. On Sept. 9, the pool goes to the dogs for the third annual K9 Swim and Splash.
Shelley Leonard, Program Coordinator for Culture, Recreation and Green Transportation, said the city wanted to extend the pool’s opening after a cracked outlet pipe delayed the pool and splash pad opening earlier this summer. Pool hours during the extended opening will be: Aug. 27 – Sept. 3 open from noon to 8 p.m. and Sept. 4 – 8 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. The K9 Swim and Splash on Sept. 9 runs from noon to 6 p.m.
“We’ve been able to extend summer staff to keep the pool and splash pad open an extra two weeks so the public can continue to enjoy the pool in the nice weather we’re having,” Leonard said.
“And we’re super excited to have the K9 Swim and Splash back to close out the season.”
Selkirk CAO Duane Nicol says the city is happy to have the pool open longer, especially with the nice weather that is expected to continue into September, and just as happy to have the popular doggie swim back as well.
“It’s been a terrific summer and we’re thrilled to be able to keep the pool open a couple weeks extra. Thanks to city staff for working hard to make this happen,” Nicol said.
“The K9 Swim and Splash was very well received both years. We heard from a lot of people who said that if they’d known about it, they would have come out, so we hope even more people and their dogs come out and enjoy it this year.”The final day that people can swim in the pool this season is Sept. 8. The next day the pool will go to the dogs where all sizes and breeds will be welcomed from noon-6pm. The swim will end at 6 p.m. and the pool will be cleaned and drained for the season.
Leonard says she’s hoping to build on the success of the past two years.
“We had a great turnout last year, and we hope we’ll have even more this year,” she said.
“It’s a great way to end the season, and a great way to extend one of the city’s best assets to people and their pets.”
While the dogs are taking over the pool for the afternoon and evening, there are rules the dogs, and their owners, will have to follow.
The pool and splash pad will be open to all dogs, but owners must bring proof of current vaccinations to the pool entry gate upon registration (no pre-registration required). A vaccination card from your vet is the only acceptable proof of vaccination and must show rabies, distemper/parvo (DA2PP) and bordetella vaccination.
For a list of pool rules click HERE