Kiwanis park and pool is home to a lake-like outdoor pool, leash-free dog park, canoe launch and more. Plan your visit before visiting the pool by registering for a swim time online.

On this page:

  1. Contact information
  2. Hours
  3. Parking
  4. Washrooms
  5. Park
  6. Pool area
  7. Swimming fees
  8. Swimming lessons
  9. Swim admission guidelines
  10. Pool closures and weather policy
  11. Rentals

Contact information

Address: 1000 Kiwanis Park Drive

Phone number: 519-741-2200 ext. 3485

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Hours

Kiwanis pool is closed for the season. Thanks for a great summer!


Parking

Free parking is available off Kiwanis Park Drive. There are accessible parking spaces near the entrance to the pool area.

There are no bike racks at Kiwanis Park and Pool.


Washrooms

Washrooms are available during pool hours and are closed for the season.


Park

Kiwanis Park has a playground, dog park and canoe launch. There are also athletic fields and beach volleyball courts. The park is open year-round, but Kiwanis Pool is only open in the summer.

There is an accessible swing seat at Kiwanis Park.

Dog park

Our leash-free dog park is a one kilometre walk from the pool and parking area. You do not need to pay to use the dog park.

Please keep your dog on its leash until you get in the dog park.

Sports

Our athletic fields and beach volleyball courts are available on a first come, first serve basis, or you can book ahead. You must bring your own equipment.

Learn more about field bookings.

Canoe launch

Bring your canoe to Kiwanis Park and enjoy a trip down the Grand River. You do not need to pay to use our canoe launch.

Look for Marsland Landing at Kiwanis Park on your navigation app.


Pool area

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Swimming fees

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Swim admission guidelines

Open the accordions below to learn about our pool guidelines.

Age requirements

For swim admission purposes, a caregiver is defined as someone 12 years or older, responsible for the child.

A swimmer to caregiver ratio defines the number of swimmers that can be supervised by a caregiver. Example: (4:1 ratio) means four swimmers can be supervised by one caregiver.

Direct supervision means someone who is actively watching their child and can respond immediately to help their child.

  • under 10 years old: requires supervision
  • under 7 years old:
    • shallow side of the black line: your child must be directly supervised by their caregiver at all times (2:1 ratio)
    • deep side of the black line: your child must be within one arm's reach of the caregiver at all times (2:1 ratio)
  • 7 to 9 years who have not passed a swim test:
    • shallow side of the black line: your child must be directly supervised by the caregiver at all times (4:1 ratio or 8:1 ratio if all swimmers are wearing lifejackets)
    • deep side of the black line: your child must be within one arm's reach of the caregiver at all times (4:1 ratio or 8:1 ratio if all swimmers are wearing lifejackets)
  • 7 to 9 years who have passed a swim test: may swim unaccompanied on either side of the black line as long as a caregiver remains in the pool environment to supervise.

Lifejackets

  • lifejackets may need to be supplied by swimmers as there is a limited supply at each facility
  • lifejackets may not be available at all programs
  • lifejackets must be the appropriate size for the swimmer and approved by Transport Canada
  • water wings, puddle jumpers or any other floatation devices are not acceptable as lifejackets
Deep end and swimmer safety

An aquatic staff member may request any swimmer attempts a swim test at any time. To ensure the safety of all swimmers, if at any point a swimmer exhibits any signs that they are tired or weak, aquatic staff may ask them to leave any deep area of a pool and return to the shallow area to attempt a swim test. This also includes anyone over the age of 10. It is up to the lifeguards on duty to allow swimmers to return to the deep area.

Swim admission test

To provide a safe and enjoyable aquatic environment, we've established a facility swim test standard to help evaluate participants’ swimming ability. This test is used in conjunction with the Wristband Identification Program.

Open the accordions below to learn about the swim admission test.

Swim test assessment

The requirements of the patron are to demonstrate comfort in the water and swim on their front for 20 metres in the designated swim test area of the pool. The swim test will also include a change in direction.

To properly assess a participant’s swimming ability, aquatic staff must observe the following during the swim test:

  • no touching of the bottom or wall of the pool
  • completion of the entire distance comfortably and confidently
  • swimmer’s body must be positioned horizontal and near the surface
  • continuous swimming with no stopping or resting at any point
  • strong forward movement throughout
  • an open water change of direction
  • swimmer’s ability to submerge face under water
  • swimmer’s ability to take a breath while swimming
Swim Card

Children between 7 and 9 years old, who successfully complete the swim test, will receive a swim test card. Swimmers must present their swim test cards to receive a green band before admission to a recreation swim.

Wristband Identification Program

Upon entry to a pool, visitors 0 to 9 years old will be given a coloured wristband to help staff identify their swimming ability. The colours are defined as follows:

Red band

  • children 0 to 6 years old must be accompanied and within arm’s reach of caregiver.
  • caregiver ratio 2:1

Yellow band

  • children 7 to 9 years old are assumed to be non-swimmers and must be accompanied and within arm’s reach of caregiver
  • caregiver ratio 4:1 without lifejackets
  • caregiver ratio 8:1 with lifejackets for all children

Green band

  • children 7 to 9 years old who have passed the Swim Admission Test may swim unaccompanied
  • caregiver must remain in the pool environment to supervise.

Blue band

  • all swimmers 10 years and older will get a blue wristband to show that they have paid admission to the pool

Pool closures and weather policy

Pool closures during a program

If staff need to close the pool during a program, we’ll issue a credit in these ways:

  • pre-registered programs: credit to ActiveNet account
  • drop-in programs: complimentary pass, see pool entrance staff

We will not issue refunds or credits if you choose to leave due to light rain or cool weather.

Weather policy

For your safety, we’ll close the pool in these situations:

  • heavy rainfall
  • lightning or thunder

We will keep the pool will remain closed for 30 minutes after staff hear the last bolt or lightning or sound of thunder.

If in doubt, call us to check if we are open.


Rentals

You can rent space at Kiwanis Park and Pool for meetings or events. Rates are per hour and include HST.

  • picnic shelter rental: $30.60 per hour, including HST
  • volleyball court rental: $34.49 per hour, including HST
  • rental guest admission fee into Kiwanis Park is separate

Note that when booked after business hours a three-hour minimum rental is required and additional staff charges will apply.

Depending on the nature of your event other rental costs can include:

  • Resound and SOCAN fees
  • insurance
  • licensing

If you're interested in booking this facility or getting a more detailed quote, please complete the inquiry form to tell us more about your event. Staff will confirm the details of your event with you before finalizing the booking.