Kiwanis Park and Pool


Kiwanis Park

Kiwanis Park is CLOSED for 2018 Season

Kiwanis Park is now closed for 2018. Thank you very much to all our guests for a terrific season! Kiwanis Park will reopen in June 2019. See you next Summer!

Kiwanis Park is a true treasure, and a great place to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. The park provides quick access to the Walter Bean Trail and the Grand River - a perfect place for hiking, biking, fishing and canoeing.

We are now testing a NEW admission process designed to make entry into Kiwanis Park faster and more environmentally friendly.  

 Park hours of operation
Everyday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Everyday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday to Friday: 5 to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Park amenities

Kiwanis Park has an amazing lake-like swimming pool that provides a space for people to enjoy a beach-like setting without leaving the city. After being closed for renovation in 2017, we are happy to announce that the pool is now reopen for the 2018 season.
Athletic fields and beach volleyball courts are available for use by park guests on a first come, first serve basis, or you can book ahead. You must supply your own equipment. To make a booking, please contact Marianne Shilling through email or by phone 519-741-2200 ex 7398  
Snack bar
Hot dogs, poutine and other delicious snacks are available at our snack bar. Cash only. No ATM on site. Open during park hours.
Kiwanis Park is working towards replacing our playground. The public survey about playground features is now closed. Design options will now be created and we'll be presenting them to the public later this fall. Subscribe to this page to be alerted when the design options are ready.
Picnic areas and shelters
Kiwanis Park has a number of options for your picnics, family or work gatherings and special events. For rental information and bookings, please contact Michelle MacDonald through email or by phone 519-741-2200 ex 5137 
Dog park
The leash-free dog park is located approximately one kilometre from the pool and parking area. There is no admission charge to use the dog park. Please ensure your dog is on a leash until you arrive at the dog park.
Canoe launch
Enjoy a trip down the Grand River by bringing your canoe to Kiwanis Park. No admission is charged to use the launch.


Playground replacement

We are replacing the playground in Kiwanis Park and we want your help! The public survey about playground features is now closed. Design options will now be created and we'll be presenting them to the public this fall. Subscribe to this page to be alerted when the design options are ready.

The current playground will stay open all summer, and we're set to open the new playground in the spring of 2019. 

For more information, contact us at 519-741-2502 during the fall, winter and spring.

Kiwanis Pool

After being closed for renovations last season, Kiwanis Pool is now reopen for the 2018 season! 
Hundreds of residents visit Kiwanis Park pool daily during the summer months to enjoy the serene outdoor space, including summer camp programs from the park and from surrounding areas. In addition to the lake-like design, the new pool now has a spray feature so that even the youngest park visitors have a place to cool off.

Tim Hortons free swims

Come enjoy a FREE swim or aquafit at your neighbourhood pool this summer, sponsored by Tim Hortons.


 Breithaupt Centre
  • Tuesdays: July 3-Aug. 28: 8:30-9:15 p.m.
Public Swims
  • Monday, July 16: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 22: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 27: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
 Cameron Heights Pool
  •  Sundays: July 8-Aug. 29: 9:15-10 a.m.
 Public Swims
  • Monday, July 23: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 10: 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug 19: 6:30-8 p.m.
 Forest Heights Pool
  •  Wednesdays: July 4-Aug 22: 8-9 p.m.
 Public Swims
  • Saturday, July 14: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 11: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 1: 6-7:30 p.m.
 Lyle Hallman Pool
  • Thursdays: July 5-Aug. 23: 8:30-9:15 a.m.
 Public Swims
  • Friday, July 13: 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 14: 3:30-5 p.m.
 Kiwanis Park Pool
 Public Swims
  • Tuesday, July 10: 5-8 p.m.
 Harry Class Pool
 Public Swims
  • Tuesday, July 31: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 31: 2-4:30 p.m.
 Wilson Pool
 Public Swims
  • Wednesday, July 18: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, July 30: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 25: 6-7:30 p.m.
 Idlewood Pool
 Public Swims
  • Thursday, July 5: 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 16: 5-7:30 p.m.

Swimming Fees

  • Single: $6
  • 5 tickets: $28.90
  • 20 tickets: $115.30
  • 60 tickets: $305.65
  • 3 month pass: accepted but not sold onsite
  • 3 month pass + Aquafit: accepted but not sold onsite
Child (0-17) and Senior (55+) 
  • Single: $3.85
  • 5 tickets: $18
  • 20 tickets: $72.25
  • 60 tickets: $195.60
  • 3 month pass: accepted but not sold onsite
  • 3 month pass + Aquafit: accepted but not sold onsite
  •  Single family admission: pay per person until 5 p.m.
    $13 family passes are available after 5 p.m.
  • 5 family passes: $57.20
  • 3 month pass: Accepted but not sold onsite

 Note: daily and weekend passes are not accepted at Kiwanis Park

NEW admission process

We are now testing a new admission process for entering Kiwanis Park and ask for your patience with this process. Due to the extremely long vehicular lines on Kiwanis Park Drive, we are now asking patrons to drive in, park and then make payment at the guard office. Please note that the 'guard office' is at the pool entrance, NOT the park entrance. You are not expected to walk back up to the park entrance to pay.

The following steps are now in place:

  1. When you enter the park, please proceed through the upper area, and park your vehicle in a designated parking space on the lower level (please drive slowly and watch for cyclists, children and families walking).
  2. As you enter the gated enclosure a staff member will greet you and confirm your party’s numbers on a buck slip.
  3. Proceed to the guard office with the buck slip to make payment for your visit to Kiwanis Park. 

This system will operate on an honour system, and we trust that our valued patrons will appreciate this new process.

The lineup of vehicles should be considerably reduced and only one member of the group or family will need to go to the payment booth at the guard office (the rest of the group can start having fun right away!). Wrist bands will be given for the entire group once payment is made to identify that admission has been received.
Please note that patrons without admission wristbands will not be able to enter the pool.

Weather policy

 For your safety, we close the pool if any of the following conditions occur: 
  1. Temperatures drops below 15°C
  2. There is heavy rainfall
  3. We see lightning or hear thunder (we must wait 20 minutes to re-admit following the last sighting). 
If in doubt give us a call to make sure we are open. No refunds are given for pool closings.

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.

Kiwanis Camp

 Kiwanis Classic Camp

For kids 7 to 12 years old who have completed Grade 2. Campers will spend their days outdoors playing a variety of sports and games, swimming, making friends, and learning about the natural world around them. Daily Swim. Ratio 10:1
To learn more about Kiwanis camp, and to register, you can go to ACTIVE Net and to see all of the camp options the City of Kitchener has to offer, go to our camps page.

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