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Pass Community Pool prepares for opening day

Pass Pool photo.

Nicholas L. M. Allen

May 10, 2023

Pool filling starts ahead of opening day in Blairmore.

The Pass Community Pool is preparing for its opening at the end of May, with filling starting on May 8, 2023.

Pool manager Katherine Seleski, who also manages the Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill, is starting her first year overseeing the Crowsnest Pass pool.

“We’re just finishing up some final touches and hope to announce opening day soon,” said Seleski.

Seleski added it is “looking great” in terms of the number of lifeguards they will have on opening day. 

“We’re right now aiming for a full open and we’ve got the staffing to do so, obviously we still en-courage people to get their lifeguarding courses so they can look at this as a future employment opportunity, but we’re sitting really good,” said Seleski.

At the time of the interview, they were only on hour three of 24 filling the pool.

“It’s looking good for a great start to the season,” added Seleski.

When the pool does open, she hopes for great weather along with a great turnout of people for the first day of operations. 

“Our website should have a calendar up and running soon with times and dates and programs should be launching soon for families to jump in on swim lessons,” explained Seleski.

They also have a few program announcements, including water volleyball and basketball leagues coming up. The pool is also working through a few technical difficulties, after which people will be able to sign up for lessons and pool passes online, a new feature this year.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming everybody back to the pool this summer... if they have any questions, shoot us an e-mail, a Facebook message or a phone call, we’re always happy to answer,’ said Seleski.

According to the Pass Pool website, the Pass Pool is a community-owned swim area, designed for swimmers of all ages and abilities. It says there is no need to “hunt for parking” and visitors can enjoy the mountain scenery and sunshine in the outdoor facility.

“I’m really looking forward to showcasing the Crowsnest Pass and this beautiful facility and really looking forward to welcoming everyone back,” added Seleski.

For more information about when the pool will open, the Pass Pool will be communicating every-thing through their Facebook and Instagram. 

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