As a result of unanticipated construction delays, the opening of Woodman Pool, located on the grounds of the Woodman Community Centre, has been delayed for an undetermined period of time.
“Originally scheduled to open this month, the City has recently learned that the pool will likely remain closed for the 2023 swimming season. We share the community’s disappointment regarding this unfortunate and unexpected development.”
The new 25-metre pool will have a two-metre deep-end and 1.2-metre shallow end, with a walk-in entry and accessible ramp, awnings to provide shelter from the sun, storage areas, an expansive concrete deck around the pool and secure fencing. City of Brantford staff are currently exploring adding heating to the pool so that the swimming season can be extended into Spring and Fall.
The new playground will have Brantford’s first-ever fully accessible wheelchair swing, accessible rubberized surfacing with patterns, a 2-bay swing with an accessible seat, an inclusive mix of traditional ninja style play equipment, and a pergola with game tables.
Woodman Community Garden
The new Woodman community garden will include a 7 M x 9 M Community Greenhouse, a gathering space with a gazebo, 52 raised garden beds, 4 fruit bush beds, 6 accessible garden beds, pollinator gardens, fruit trees, a storage shed, space for materials storage, a 2 m wide asphalt path and road access for material deliveries.
Lifeguard Recruitment Update
The Ontario government has lowered the minimum age requirement to be a lifeguard, assistant lifeguard and aquatic instructor from 16 to 15 years of age to help communities such as Brantford address staffing shortages and make sure pools and recreational camp waterfronts across the province can be enjoyed safely. This change aligns the minimum age requirements with updated age requirements established by the Lifesaving Society’s certification course. Access to more lifeguards will help the City maintain and expand our hours of operation for public swimming and aquatic lessons.
As qualified and accredited Lifeguard shortages continue to be a challenge, the City of Brantford is actively recruiting Lifeguards and Swim Instructors to expand our aquatics programming options and offerings. Interested candidates are encouraged to learn more about available positions and the application process at www.Brantford.ca/Careers.