Municipal pools open; summer fun begins

Two youth swimming underwater.

Hit the municipal pools to be cool this week.

That’s right, CKRecreation outdoor pools opened July 2.

CKRec officials said sponsors have made it possible for the public to enjoy free swims all summer long in the seven outdoor and two municipal pools.

The municipality is also bringing back SummerFest for July and August, which offers a host of programs for C-K residents.

“We are thrilled to offer a variety of free community programs to the residents of Chatham-Kent again this summer,” said Amy Wadsworth, manager of recreation services and community engagement, via a media release. “We hope that families take advantage of these opportunities to get outside, have fun, and connect with their community.”

As part of the SummerFest series, CKRecreation will host beach days in Erieau and Mitchell’s Bay every Saturday and Sunday throughout July and August from 11 a.m. to 3 pm. The CKRecreation Summer Squad will run activities with no shortage of beach toys and activities for kids.

SummerFest also features a weekly Party in the Park throughout July and August. Start the night with a fun community party followed by a free rec swim.

Party in the Park will visit Chatham, Blenheim, Tilbury, Wallaceburg, Ridgetown, Dresden and Thamesville.

Additionally, SummerFest includes the Play Rangers at Kingston Park. Events will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday throughout July and August.

The Play Rangers bring unique and engaging equipment and toys ensuring fun for all ages.

The full SummerFest schedule can be found at

Summer pool schedules are available online at


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