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Outdoor Pools

COVID-19 Response: Outdoor Pools 

Riversdale & George Ward Pools Open for the Season on July 7 & 8

Just in time to beat the heat, two City outdoor pools will open for public swimming this summer!  Riversdale Pool will open on July 7 and George Ward Pool will open July 8, in full compliance with the guidelines and restrictions as required by the Chief Medical Health Officer and regulated under the Government of Saskatchewan’s Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.  

To keep everyone safe while allowing as many people to enjoy the pools this season, swimming will be limited to 2-hour sessions, including admission and exit times. There will be a 30-minute break between each session to allow our staff to clean common areas.  Hours and details are listed below.

Your swim session can be booked up to 2 days in advance by calling 306-975-2855 starting at 9:00 a.m. daily.  Online booking for these times will be available soon, check this page for updates. There will be a limited number of walk-in spots available each session, but please keep in mind there may be line-ups so pre-booking is encouraged. 

Know before you go! Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 while using outdoor pools by following these guidelines:  

  • Do not come to the pool if you are sick.  
  • Always stay 2 metres apart from those not in your group.  
  • Wash or sanitize your hands regularly, especially after touching shared surfaces. 
  • Follow instructions while at the pool from staff and on signage. 
  • Bring your own seating (such as a lawn chair or blanket) and water to drink.
  • Washrooms and change rooms are available with physical distancing requirements in place.
  • You must be 14 years of age to attend without parents or guardians. 

Red Cross swim lessons will not be offered at the outdoor pools to allow the public as many public swimming opportunities as possible during this shortened season. 

Outdoor Pools

Locations & Hours of Operation

Locations Days Hours Swim Schedule*

George Ward Pool
1915 5th St E
July 8-Aug 31


Mon - Fri

1- 8pm

Public Swim: 1-3pm 
Public Swim: 3:30-5:30pm 
Public Swim: 6-8pm
*Lane Swim/Parent&Tot Swim begins Aug 15

[Capacity 85 swimmers] Sat & Sun
Stat Holidays

Public Swim: 11am-1pm 
Public Swim: 1:30-3:30pm 
Public Swim: 4-6pm 

Riversdale Pool
822 Ave H S
July 7-Sept 7

[Capacity 85 swimmers]

Mon - Fri


Public Swim: 1-3pm 
Public Swim: 3:30-5:30pm 
Public Swim: 6-8pm
Sat & Sun
Stat Holidays
11am-6pm Public Swim: 11am-1pm 
Public Swim: 1:30-3:30pm 
Public Swim: 4-6pm 

Mayfair Pool
1025 Ave F N
Dates of Operation TBD

Mon - Fri


Sat & Sun TBD  

Lathey Pool
815 Taylor St E
Dates of Operation TBD

Mon - Fri


Sat & Sun TBD  

*Swimming will be limited to 2-hour sessions, including admission and exit times. If you do not arrive within 30 minutes from the start of your booked session time, your spot will be given to someone waiting in line. You may only book one session per day but you may join the walk-in line-up as often as you wish.

Admission Rates 

  Adult (19+) Youth (6-18 yrs) Preschool (0-5 yrs)** Family***
Single Admission $7.85 $4.70 FREE $15.70

Group Rates (6 or more people)

$7.35 $4.20 FREE n/a
Bulk Tickets (10 passes)* $62.80 $37.60 FREE $125.60

With the purchase of a LeisureCard you can enjoy unlimited access to the outdoor pools. Visit Admission Rates & Options for more information.

The Fine Print (*, **, ***)

*Outdoor Pool Bulk Tickets can be purchased at City Hall (2nd Floor Recreation and Community Development Reception) or any of the four outdoor pools.

**Children under the age of 6 must be supervised by an adult or responsible youth at all times. To help preschool age children stay safe in and around the water, the City requires that all participants comply with the following policy: "For every two preschoolers under the age of 6, there must be one adult or responsible youth (16 years or older) within arm's length, supervising the preschoolers' water play and activity."  The best life preserver for your child is YOU!  Infants and toddlers participating in water play must wear an appropriate swim diaper.

***Family is defined as a group up to seven individuals with a maximum of two adults.

Gift Cards

Give the gift of fun year-round with a Leisure Gift Card! Good for use at any Leisure Centreoutdoor poolindoor rink,  municipal golf course, plus the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & ZooGordon Howe Campground and Nutrien Playland at Kinsmen Park. Available for purchase at all the participating facilities and City Hall (2nd Floor Recreation and Community Development reception).

Inclement Weather Closures

Outdoor pools will clear immediately if thunder or lightning occurs.  Outdoor pools will close if the temperature is 14 degrees or less and/or during steady rain conditions. Check Leisure Facilities Service Alerts for updates.

Quick Answer Guide

Question Answer
Can I bring my own swim toys and personal floatation devices? Yes, to share with your extended household group only. Please note the City will not provide toys.
Are lockers available for use? Yes.
Can I rent a BBQ? No, not at this time.
Are towels available? Yes, and they are washed and dried on the highest heat setting as per the Government of Saskatchewan guidelines.
Is a public phone available? Yes.
Are basketball nets/courts available? Yes at Riversdale Pool but you must bring your own ball.
Are concessions open? Yes!
Are there admission discounts or specials? Not at this time.
Do I need to wear a mask? No it is not a requirement; also please note that masks cannot be used in the water.