Montrealers will have more choices to cool off this summer. The Jean-Drapeau Park Society (SPJD) announced Sunday the upcoming reopening of Jean-Doré Beach, the Aquatic Complex and the Olympic Basin, closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
For the moment, the SPJD is unable to give a precise date for the reopening of the three sites.
However, it is guaranteed that the Olympic Basin, which welcomes rowing, canoeing and dragon boat athletes, will open in the first week of July.
As for Jean-Doré Beach and the Aquatic Complex, the Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau aims to reopen to the public between the second and third week of July.
As for the Aquatic Complex, only the large recreational pool will be open.
In these two cases, the changing rooms are not accessible to visitors. Bathers must therefore arrive on site having already donned their swimsuits.
The SPDJ indicates that it is currently working on the hiring of rescuers and maintenance personnel, in addition to ensuring the water quality of the facilities.
Action plans are currently being developed to ensure the health and safety of visitors.
Closed since the start of the pandemic in order to avoid excessive use of Parc Jean-Drapeau, the parking lots on Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame will also gradually reopen.
Green light for swimming
The provincial government has authorized on May 30, the opening of outdoor swimming pools and public spaces in all regions of Quebec.
“The precautionary measures adopted since the start of the crisis must not make us lose sight of the other essential health needs of citizens, especially during hot weather. This is why the opening of these summer services seems necessary to us, in order to ensure better comfort for many people, “said Minister of Health and Social Services Danielle McCann at the time.
The City of Montreal has followed suit and has opened the pools since June 20.