Nelson Pool not safe to open

Nelson Outdoor Pool won't be open this summer or anytime soon due to a structural tank deterioration.

“The pool was to reopen June 13, but with two severe winter seasons back-to-back, the steel tank at Nelson Pool has seen an accelerated rate of deterioration,” said Chris Glenn, director of parks and recreation. “Ensuring public safety is our top priority, and thus the need to keep Nelson Pool closed. Plans were made to accommodate program participants and renters at other city pools.”

The pool close to Appleby Line, was first opened in 1963. While inspecting the pool for this year's opening, Bulington City staff discovered the pool tank steel structure was corroded beyond repair and has been deemed unsafe for public use by a structural engineer.

Attempts were made to see if any short-term solutions could be found this summer season however, repair measures were too extensive. The tank will be replaced in 2019. Accommodations have been made to offer additional recreational swimming times and lessons at other city pools. Nelson Wading Pool and Splash Pad are open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Sept. 7, 2015.

Staff will conduct a formal review this fall of Burlington pool users’ needs with a primary focus on summer use. The review will analyze the impacts of Nelson pool being closed and will compare user data from previous years. Capital works will prepare preliminary design and cost scenarios for consideration.

The city will ask pool users and the community for feedback that will be taken into consideration when staff make a formal recommendation to committee and council later in the year. For more information please visit or contact staff at