Idlewood outdoor pool has a lane area, shallow area and small slide. Subscribe to this page to get an email when we add our programs for the summer.

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On this page:

  1. COVID-19 updates
  2. Contact information
  3. Hours
  4. Parking and transit
  5. Public swimming schedule
  6. Swimming fees
  7. Swim admission guidelines
  8. In the neighbourhood

COVID-19 updates

All City of Kitchener pools are closed for public use

Ontario is in a state of emergency and under a stay-at-home order. This is in addition to the current provincewide shutdown.

Program participants will receive a full refund for classes missed during the shutdown period. Payments made by credit card will be refunded to the same card, where possible. All other customers will receive a credit to their account.

Visit our COVID-19 updates page to learn what's open and closed as well as how city services are affected.

Contact information

Address: 5 Thaler Avenue

Phone number: 519-741-2200 ext. 3480


Monday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Parking and transit

Free parking is available off Thaler Avenue.

Grand River Transit (GRT) route 1 stops on River Road E. Plan your route with GRT’s trip planner.

GRT no longer offers paper bus tickets. Fare payment information is available on their website.

Bike racks are available at Idlewood Outdoor Pool.

Swimming schedule

Please subscribe to this page to get an email when we add our swimming programs for the summer.

Swimming fees


  • single: $6
  • 5 tickets: $28.25
  • 20 tickets: $111.85
  • 60 tickets: $321.10

Child (0-17) and senior (55+) 

  • single: $4
  • 5 tickets: $18.50
  • 20 tickets: $70.35
  • 60 tickets: $200


  • single family admission: $13.65
  • 5 family admission tickets: $60.25
Apply for lower fees
Through our leisure access program, you can apply for lower fees for city-run programs. Find out if you're eligible and learn how to apply on our leisure access page.

Get leisure support

If you or your child has a disability, you can apply for an inclusion membership to get leisure support. Support can include personal assistance for leisure activities (PAL).

Swim admission guidelines

  • 0-6 years: must be within 1 arm's reach of someone 12 years or older at all times, including if swim test has been passed (2:1 ratio)
  • 7-9 years: may swim alone if they pass the swim test, if not they must be within 1 arm's reach of someone 12 years or older at all times (3:1 ratio)
  • 10+ years: may swim alone
  • 12+ years: may supervise other swimmers (see ratios above)
  • deep end swimmers: All swimmers must pass the swim test to enter the deep end. Swimmers of any age may be asked to complete the swim test at the discretion of the lifeguards.

To pass the swim test, swimmers must be able to comfortably perform a recognizable stroke on their front for a minimum of 15 meters with the ability to put their face in the water and take at least one (1) breath without putting their feet on the bottom of the pool.

Children ages 7-9 who successfully complete the test, or have completed Level H, will receive a Swim Test Card. Swim test cards must be presented prior to admission to a recreational swim.

Forgot your Swim Test Card? You will be required to complete another swim test.

Weather policy

For your safety, we close the pool if any of the following conditions occur:

  • temperatures drop below 15°C
  • heavy rainfall
  • lightening or thunder

If in doubt, give us a call 519-741-2200 ext. 3480 to see if we are open.

In the neighbourhood

Idlewood outdoor pool is a part of Idlewood Park.

Idlewood Park has a baseball diamond and a sportsfield, which you can book for private use. Check our field conditions page to see if the diamond and sportsfield are open.

Centreville Chicopee Community Centre is located at 141 Morgan Avenue. From Idlewood Outdoor Pool, follow these directions to get to Centreville Chicopee Community Centre:

  • right onto Thaler Avenue
  • right onto Fairway Road North
  • left onto Morgan Avenue, the centre will be on the right

Register for programs at Centreville Chicopee Community Centre on ActiveNet.