print-logo July 21, 2017

For Immediate Release

Friday, July 21, 2017- Port Hope, ON

After unexpected repairs caused a delayed closure of the pools at Port Hope’s Jack Burger Sports Complex (JBSC), the Municipality is pleased to advise that the pools are scheduled to reopen, beginning with the therapy pool and the whirlpool, on Monday, July 24, followed by the large pool on Tuesday, July 25.

“While this was an unfortunate delay, I am pleased with the outcome and must commend our staff on the extra effort and work that went into the repairs,” said Jim McCormack, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture at the Municipality of Port Hope. “Our community will be able to benefit from the full use of the pools and our regularly scheduled programs can resume, as planned.”

Patrons who have registered for programming at the pools can expect their activities to run as scheduled as of July 25. Other initiatives, such as JBSC’s “Swim Across Canada” campaign will also resume, at the encouragement of the JBSC staff.

“We are eager to reinstate our ‘Swim Across Canada’ campaign and see how far we can take it,” remarked Julia Snoek, Community Development Program Manager with the Parks, Recreation & Culture department at the Municipality of Port Hope. “The program is designed to encourage regular fitness and activity with the added bonus of celebrating our vast county. It’s a fun challenge and we are thrilled to continue to track the results.”

The “Swim Across Canada” challenge began in February, 2017 and is the cumulative calculation of participants’ swim lengths in the pool. The lengths are then converted into kilometres and tracked by staff, who plot the “route” along the Trans-Canada Highway and mark the milestone destinations. After five months of the program, the swimmers have collectively “reached” Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan, which is located approximately 20 kilometers east of Moose Jaw. To date, participants have jointly completed an impressive 5,218 kilometers or 208,720 lengths of the pool.

When both pools reopen on July 25, staff will encourage swimmers to continue to track their lengths and contribute to the challenge. “Once we reach Vancouver, we will turn our attention north and attempt to complete the challenge by swimming the distance of Canada from sea, to sea, to sea,” continued Ms. Snoek. “Highlighting the importance of regular activity for the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities is of upmost importance to our department. These programs help us to drive that message to our community.”

To participate in the “Swim Across Canada” challenge, visit the customer service desk at the Jack Burger Sports Complex.

Stay tuned for more programs, events and activities available through the Parks, Recreation and Culture department.

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For more information, please contact:

Kate Ingram
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
905-885-4544 x2248