Free rec swim passes for Londoners dealing with Thames, Glen Cairn pool closures

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Ten days after announcing Thames Pool and Glen Cairn Pool won’t open for the season, the city is providing Londoners in those two neighbourhoods with an alternative spot to swim.

The City of London announced on Friday it will give anyone affected by the closure of either of the two city pools free recreation swim passes and scheduled bus rides to South London Community Pool. The swim passes can be used at any of the city’s other nine outdoor pools from July 1 to September 4. The passes allow for 10 free swim sessions and can be reloaded, the city said.

Residents were left shocked and angry when the city revealed on June 14 that Thames Pool and Glen Cairn Pool would not be reopening with the rest of the municipal pools on July 1. Instead, they will remain closed for the season. The city stated the closure was due to structural issues that left the two pools in need of extensive repairs.

Londoners who usually seek relief from the heat at either Thames Pool or Glen Cairn Pool can get a recreation swim pass by calling 519-661-5575 or emailing recreation@london.ca. Those who had bought swim passes for the two shuttered pools will be contacted directly by city staff.

The bus rides to the south London pool for swim sessions on Mondays and Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. will be offered all summer long starting on July 4. A bus from the Glen Cairn Pool at 370 Chippendale Crescent and another bus from Tecumseh Public School at 401 Tecumseh Avenue East will leave at 1 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays destined for the South London Community Pool. Swimmers will have to re-board the buses at 3:30 p.m. in order to get a lift back to their neighbourhoods.