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Enjoy Summer Safely: Cape Town’s Community Pools Open Daily Until End of February

Michael Hawthorne

As the peak festive season becomes a distant memory, the City’s Recreation and Parks Department gears up for a vibrant summer ahead. In a recent media statement, the department outlined its plans to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for residents and visitors utilizing the city’s recreational facilities.

Community swimming pools, a staple of summer activities, will be operating daily from Monday to Sunday between 10:00 and 17:00 until the end of February 2024. This extended schedule provides ample opportunities for everyone to bask in the remaining days of summer. However, starting from March 1 to March 20, the pools will transition to weekend operations only, resuming normal operations after the Easter weekend from March 29 to April 1, 2024.

Lifeguards will maintain their presence on both beaches and pools, ensuring continuous surveillance and supervision for the safety of all patrons. The City’s Recreation and Parks Department emphasizes its commitment to maintaining optimal water quality through routine maintenance and monitoring, crucial for a safe and enjoyable swimming experience.

Residents and visitors are urged to stay informed about the operational status of swimming pools by checking the City’s website for schedule updates. Additionally, it’s recommended to verify the area’s load-shedding schedule before planning a visit, as specific rules are in place for swimming pool operations during such times.

Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross, expressed, “We have waved goodbye to the festive season, but summer is still in full swing. We are expecting very high temperatures over the coming days, and so we invite the public to make the most of our facilities as they seek relief from the heat. However, please exercise caution at all times, for your safety and that of others. The City remains dedicated to providing recreational facilities and services to the community. We all have a shared responsibility to work together towards a safer environment at our facilities.”

Beachgoers are reminded to adhere to beach regulations and observe the four golden rules for a safer summer: swim between the designated red and yellow flags where lifeguards are on duty, be aware of rip currents, keep a watchful eye on children, and avoid swimming under the influence of alcohol.

With the summer sun still blazing, the City of Cape Town invites everyone to enjoy the remaining days of the season responsibly, making the most of the community pools and coastal delights.

Stay cool, stay safe!

For more information on swimming pool operating times please click here.


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